|An imperative reason to incorporate World War II into The Wolverine storyline is to make us remember who we are. That might not sound important, however, "memory loss" has come up consistently in films: there is Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) in Fast and Furious 6, Jack (Tom Cruise) has his memory wiped in Oblivion, in Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, the siblings can't remember/don't know what happened to them and Peter doesn't remember his parents/know his parents in The Amazing Spider Man; in Wreck-It Ralph, the citizens of Sugar Rush has their memories wiped by King Candy, and memory wipes are typical protocol in Total Recall and Jack Frost doesn't remember who he is in Rise Of the Guardians. What's the purpose of this run-down? We know Logan has had memory problems in the past, so when Logan does remember something, we should be remembering it ourselves, like World War II. To destroy a person''s memory is to destroy the person, and to destroy a culture's memory is to destroy the culture. Whereas films like The Hunger Games and Gangster Squad seek to "re-write" American history and convince us we were really supposed to become a socialist country after World War II, The Wolverine reminds us of what happened and why we made the choices we did (please see The Hunger Games: Hitler & America's Anti-Socialism and No More Business : Gangster Squad and the Police State for more). On a completely different note, the "well" where Logan is held by the Japanese Imperial troops is quite ironic because we know Logan isn't "well," and this word play alerts us to what Logan's up to, feeding a psychoanalytic perspective on the film. We only see his eyes peering out through a slit in the top of the well's cap, chained down to keep Logan in his subterranean cell, and this is an accurate description for Logan, because he's trapped "within himself," digging deep (the well) to discover where his demons are; we only see his eyes because one, he's searching to see within himself and, two, to emphasize that's what we ourselves should be doing, looking. We've seen this well before, in The Dark Knight Rises and the Pit where Bruce Wayne (Christina Bale) goes and has to escape, The Host, wherein the resistant fighters live and grow their wheat, and in GI Joe Retaliation when the Joes are attacked and three manage to get to the well and allude detection. Why is this important? It articulates a subtle yet definite point in the arguments capitalists wage against socialists: in capitalism, self-reflection and meditation is necessary, allowed and encouraged, whereas--in socialist states--meditation upon one's self and searching within one's self is not only discouraged (the State will think for you) but not allowed because that's personal freedom no one has a right to, everything has all ready been decided by the Party.|
|Logan shielding Yashida from the blast of the atomic bomb at the bottom of the well turned into a prison. Again, a well symbolizes a means of a person "drawing upon themselves" the way someone draws water from a well for life-sustaining water; similarly, self-knowledge and reflection is life-sustaining because we make terrible mistakes in life if we don't have wisdom, and only those who are fools don't value wisdom. So even though the well has been turned into a prison (Logan is being forced to reflect upon himself even though he might not want to at this point in his life) because he has done so, he's able to not only save himself (at least the full blast of the atomic fall-out that would be painful for him to regenerate from) but he's able to save Yashida, too. These are some of the fruits of wisdom. Throughout the narrative, others--and even Logan himself--compares him to a monster; why? At the end of World War II, the Japanese compared the US to a monster, to the king of the monsters, Godzilla, which we can easily find resurrected in the Silver Samurai in The Wolverine, and certainly in Gypsy Danger in Pacific Rim, in the father played by Bruce Willis in The Cold Light Of Day, the Lizard in The Amazing Spider Man (who is compared to Godzilla in the film) and the upcoming film to be released next year, Godzilla. What happened then? Because of the US dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese invented Godzilla to symbolize for them the constant threat and danger the US had become to them (contrariwise, the US invented the terrible monster Jaws to symbolize the horror of the Japanese kamikazi soldier and the lives lost because of that). Has time went on, we see a change in Godzilla films: soon, there are monsters even worse than Godzilla, and the Japanese start calling upon Godzilla to save them from Mothra and Rodan; why? Because communism was invading all the Asian countries around Japan, and it was because of the US presence in Japan that Japan was spared falling to communism, symbolized by these later monsters (please see Jaws & the Cleansing Of America for more). In The Wolverine, Logan shielding Yashida from the atomic bomb seems ironic because we directly bombed them, however, we shielded them from the resulting wars continued post WWII by other socialists than Hitler. Hold this thought, please. In The Hunger Games, the first bit of information on the screen, and when Effie Trinket shows the video at the Reaping, reminding people of PanAm why they have the Hunger Games, there's an image of the atomic bomb going off and--because it's the 74th Hunger Games--74 years previously, the "Great Rebellion" was the US fighting to stop the spread of Hitler's socialism and, because of what the world saw socialism doing in China, Germany, Italy and the Soviet Union, the US--which could have become a socialist country under President Franklin D Roosevelt because of the Great Depression--under Dwight D Eisenhower became aggressively capitalist, which is what the Hunger Games tries to morph (the Games being for a socialist a metaphor of how violent capitalism and competition is; please see The Hunger Games: Hitler & America's Anti-Socialism for more). Back to The Wolverine and the scene above: being in a well, and shielding Yashida, Logan--as a metaphor for the US--asks himself, "Did I do the right thing at the end of World War II in shielding the Japanese from socialism and the US not becoming socialist?" We know the answer to this question is yes because, at the end, Mariko has successfully taken over Yashida Industries (instead of disbanding the company, or getting killed, or giving the company to someone else, or the company simply going bankrupt) and her new wealth is validated by Logan and Yukio using the jet Mariko loans them (a sign of her wealth socialists would despise). Even though dirty capitalism has to be cleaned up, as a system, it is validated, just as Logan validates his power, strength and gifts when his own bones grows to become claws to replace the metal claws cut-off by the Silver Samurai (we have seen something like this in Iron Man 3 and the desolation Tony Stark faced and his rising to the occasion of meeting his foe; more on this below).|
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|Character art work for Viper; please note the forked-tongue in red, denoting a liar.|