Tasman Leader : August 1st 2013
10 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 1, 2013 ENTERTAINMENT Veronika Westerson (03) 544 4441 | 027 548 8021 | email@example.com 5529642AA My philosophy in life is to treat people the way I want to be treated Call now for a free market appraisal Houses wanted for cash buyers now! 5266394AA WWW.INSTALLATIONSOLUTIONS.CO.NZ 0800 885 353 Builders... • Finding it hard to keep up? • To stick to deadlines? • Too many jobs, too little time? Let the Installations Solutions team free up some of your valuable time. We can install your new shower or kitchen, we can help you finish that job faster, and you leave the warranty to us. Stockists of Showerdome, Vitroglaze and now the world's smallest smoke detector! We'll do what WE do best - while YOU do what you do best! Visual feast saves X-Men MOVIE REVIEW: THE WOLVERINE Matt Lawrey's MOVIE REVIEW WANT MORE? To read Matt's reviews of other recent releases and to watch trailers, visit theleader.co.nz. BOTTOM LINE You could do a lot worse. 1G2 (out of five) Also screening: The World's End (M) More fun from the makers of Shaun of the Dead. Let's dance: Hugh Jackman tears up Japan in The Wolverine. One of the best things about movies is the way they can introduce you to cool things you never knew you liked. Take Japan, for example. Grow- ing up all I knew about the country was that it was supposed to be very crowded and really pol- luted. Lots of people also made fun of cars from Japan and, thanks to the United States, I associated it with radiation. All in all, not exactly the kinds of things that would make a guy want to visit the place. That all changed in 1989 when I saw Sir Ridley Scott's film Black Rain. Set in Osaka and starring Michael Douglas as a Dirty Harry- type trying to bring down the Yakuza, Black Rain was not one of Scott's better films but it made Japan look sensational. Crowded and polluted yes, but also amaz- ing, mysterious and interesting. Twelve months later, with a one-way ticket and the Tokyo phone number of some guy I met in a Wellington nightclub, I boarded a plane to The Land of the Rising Sun. I was 21 years old and, after some sightseeing, ended up in an awesome city called Fukuoka. It was big and bustling, yet the people were friendly, the food was amazing and it didn't take long to get to beaches, rivers and mountains. I lived there for three years and I had a ball. Watching Hugh Jackman's latest X-Men outing, The Wolverine (M), I couldn't help wondering if it might be the film that leads other young men and women to go looking for adventure in Japan's neon-lit cityscapes. The film starts in 1945 with the immortal Logan (Wolverine's real name) surviving the A-bomb attack on Nagasaki. In the process Logan, who had somehow become a POW, saves a young guard's life. The story then jumps to the present. Logan is in a bad way and has gone bush in the Yukon, hiding from the world and trying to drink away pain- ful memories. Life takes a turn for the better, however, when a samurai sword-wielding young Japanese woman, played by Rila Fukushima, turns up and tells him the fella whose life he saved in Nagasaki wants to see him. Against his better judgment, Logan heads east for some spec- tacular adventures. The Wolverine is a lot better than Jackman's first solo X-Men movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It's prettier to look at and it's far more interesting, mainly because it's set in Japan. The plot is all over the show but Jackman makes a stronger impression, soulfully brooding through the film's first half and then getting his claws out for the second. Best of all, director James Mangold (the maker of the great Johnny Cash pic Walk the Line) makes the most of Japan. Seriou- sly, the place looks even better than it did in Black Rain. The art direction and costumes are gorgeous and the locations are wonderfully photogenic. Models turned actresses Fuku- shima and Tao Okamoto are wonderfully photogenic too. Oka- moto plays a woman who turns Logan's head and Fukushima plays one who stops him from los- ing it.
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