James Mangold's Ten Films that Inspired and Influenced 'The Wolverine'

films that influenced and inspired The Wolverine
Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine
Photo: 20th Century Fox

Director James Mangold took to Twitter to post ten images from ten films he said "inspired / influenced" his latest directorial outing, The Wolverine.

He didn't include the names of the films so I won't either, though you could mouse over the images and the name will pop up in a tool tip or just scroll to the bottom of this post where I have listed them all in order.

Fox's marketing of this movie so far has been a bit odd. The Super Bowl came and went and it hits theaters on July 26 and yet, we still haven't seen a single trailer or even a teaser. Mangold has actually done all the heavy lifting in terms of marketing, keeping fans busy on Twitter with reveals such as this.

The Wolverine is based on the celebrated comic book arc, and finds Logan (Hugh Jackman), the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed. Jackman is joined in the film by co-stars Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee.

Check out the film's influences below and thanks goes out to Slashfilm for the heads up on on this one. Which of these films have you seen? You going to be sure and watch them all before The Wolverine hits theaters?

Chungking Express
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Samurai Trilogy
Floating Weeds
Black Narcissus
Happy Together
13 Assassins
The French Connection
  1. Chungking Express
  2. The Outlaw Josey Wales
  3. The Samurai Trilogy
  4. Floating Weeds
  5. Black Narcissus
  6. Happy Together
  7. 13 Assassins
  8. The French Connection
  9. Chinatown
  10. Shane
  • http://www.fullyoperational.tumblr.com dre

    Have to say, this got me excited. But only because Mangold is a very solid filmmaker.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    The Outlaw Josey Wales seems like a strange pick for this list, even though I love that film.

  • JayRam

    I really enjoy Mangold's work. And the fact that he took inspiration from classic movies, gives me hope for The Wolverine.

    And, for some reason, that shot from Floating Weeds, is fantastic.

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    That is a very impressive list of films. I just find it odd that they would influence a film like The Wolverine. I've liked some of Mangold's past films (Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma come to mind), but am still wary of this one, especially since I couldn't care less about X-Men to begin with. I do hope he breathes a new set of life into the film, but I am still approaching it with doubt at the moment.

  • Chris138

    I've seen The Outlaw Josey Wales, 13 Assassins, The French Connection and Chinatown. I love all of them, but I couldn't care less about X-Men or any of the related movies. Maybe I'll give this one a shot if I hear good things.

  • Yaz

    Man, I've never even heard of Black Narcissus, but that shot alone makes me want to check it out. High hopes for The Wolverine!

  • Newbourne

    I literally feel that Hugh Jackman will be doing these Wolverine films until the day he dies. Do you think that hurts his career or helps it? He's obviously still doing some critically-acclaimed work like he did in Les Mis, while getting hefty paychecks for doning the claws every few years.

    I think Bale could also do something like this if JLA takes off. Put on the cowl every few years while doing critically acclaimed films in-between. In fact, I think a lot of actors could follow Jackman's lead.