Nothing like combing through Japanese forums to figure out what’s going on with ‘The Wolverine.” Director James Mangold is almost invisible while star Hugh Jackman is making quite the celebrity wave in Japan.
But, the film can’t avoid making news when they shoot at Japan’s historic Zojoji Temple, where actors were on hand for some sort of …Yakuza funeral?
A summary roughly translated from Japanese (obviously Jessica Biel wasn’t there since she isn’t in the movie, so grain of salt this):
Summary of Day 1 Zojoji shooting. 7:00 Hugh Jackman, Jessica Biel, Will Yun Lee, Hal Yamanouchi, (probably) Hiroyuki Sanada containing remains of costume in the play some local morning. Verify Written By Logan, Mariko, Harada, Yashida, the Viper in a chair for the performers.
And a few more details that mention a “grand funeral:”
On the way to Tokyo Tower and the mother and sister, to Zojoji. Then solemn funeral? I think … I can not pray in the main hall, I said that filming of the movie. Since it was set using the main hall of the grand funeral, I thought it was?
Funerals? Sure. Why not. I just want it to be good.