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Director James Mangold took to Twitter over the weekend to play a little game with his followers. “I’m posting images from films that inspired/influenced THE WOLVERINE,” he tweeted. “Name the movies. Even better, go see them.” The director then posted ten images from an intriguing assortment of films. Go check out his Twitter feed and see how many you can name. (8-10, you’re a film stud; 5-7, you should probably consider restarting your Netflix DVD subscription; less than 5, you should stop watching so much TV.)

Anyhow, SPOILER ALERT on the films: They are Chungking Express, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Samurai Trilogy, Floating Weeds, Black Narcissus, Happy Together, 13 Assassins, The French Connection, Chinatown, and Shane. We already knew that the Japan-set Wolverine has a samurai focus, and that Mangold envisioned it as a bit of a western. But throwing in Chinatown and Black Narcissus indicates that Mangold has even grander ambitions for the movie. It’ll be interesting to see if those ambitions pay off. Still, if nothing else, this is probably the first time a director of a superhero movie has been influenced by Yasujirō Ozu — which at least makes a nice shift from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which was influenced by “badness.”

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The Wolverine
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