The film opens with a flashback to 1945 Nagasaki, where Logan (Jackman) is held prisoner by the Japanese.
As the bomb detonates, Logan protects one kind officer, Shingen Yashida, from the radiation blast – his mutant powers allowing him to recover almost instantly from the fireball.
Many years later, Logan is living alone in the woods, haunted by the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen).
A swordswoman called Yukio (Rila Fukushima) tracks him down and asks him to accompany her to Japan to meet with the old and frail Shingen. “He wants to say thank you for saving his life all those years ago,” she smiles.
Reluctantly, Logan agrees and he is shocked to find Shingen (Horiyuki Sanada) on his deathbed, under the constant surveillance of a statuesque medic (Svetlana Khodchenkova).
Soon after, Shingen dies and the Yazuka attempts to kidnap beloved granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto), who is poised to take over the family dynasty.
Logan rescues Mariko in the nick of time, and she develops deep feelings for her protector.
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