Weekend pop art #5: The haunting Japanese-influenced art of “The Wolverine”

The Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) himself (image via bleedingcool.com)

 

MOVIE SYNOPSIS
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

In a crowded promotional landscape, where each poster seems to bleed into the next, and trailers are begetting pre-trailers and near-embryonic trailers before that, it is increasingly hard to make a really distinctive artistic statement, and get your project noticed.

Simply upping the number of promo events doesn’t seem to be the answer, so the release by the makers of The Wolverine of a series of highly original Japanese ink wash-style posters promoting central characters in the film is both an attention-getting neccesity and things of great beauty in and of themselves.

Released in stages, they are thematically consistent the movie which is set in Japan as Wolverine faces challenges from a dizzying array of talented and deadly antagonists.

Full marks to star Hugh Jackman (whose company Seed Productions is behind the film), director James Mangold and the rest of the The Wolverine team for thinking well outside the box and giving us such amazingly beautiful, arresting posters for one of the big blockbuster movies of the year.

The Wolverine opens on 25 July 2013  in Australia and 26 July in USA.

 

The image of The Silver Samurai aka Kenuichio Harada (Will Yun Lee), the illegitimate son of Yakuza crime boss Shingen, Wolverine’s main antagonist in the film. Harada’s katana (Japanese-style sword) can be charged by tachyon energy so that it slice through anything it comes in contact with. The image was tweeted out by the movie’s director James Mangold in early May (image via sfx.co.uk)

 

Yukio (Rila Fukushima), with her shock of red hair, is one of Shingen’s deadliest assassins (image via comicbookmovie.com)

 

Once a peer, now a mortal enemy who is impervious to all known toxins and described as “snake like” by the actress who plays her Svetlana Khodchenkova, Yukio is another of the dangerous women in Wolverine’s life (image via comicbookmovie.com)

 

And just as arresting in its own way, is a just released new movie poster for The Wolverine, showing Hugh Jackman a bare-chested claws-extended Wolverine ready to take on all comers.

Judging by the array of enemies illustrated above, he is likely to have his hands well and truly full.

 

(image via comicbookmovie.com)

 

 

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