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Given the fact that James Mangold’s upcoming The Wolverine has significant ties to Japan and the Japanese market – sending Hugh Jackman’s mutant hero back to the island nation where he’s forced to confront demons from his past – it makes sense that the Japanese cut of a Wolverine trailer plays differently (and slightly better) than the one we received in the States recently. JoBlo posted this new clip on its YouTube page, and we’ve shared it above.

It’s not that the footage shown in this trailer is vastly different. We basically follow the same storyline, with Yukio (Rila Fukushima) finding a beaten Logan and bringing him back to Japan where he’s presented with an opportunity to shed his mutant abilities and possibly become mortal. But the pacing of the clip is slower, more deliberate, and it gives The Wolverine room to breathe, which reminds me that Mangold knows how to direct a picture and, hopefully, he pans out as being the right choice to helm the first great Wolverine movie.

What do you think? Does this new clip make you more excited for The Wolverine? The bullet-train sequence still looks too digital and green-screeny, but the rest of the movie looks like it has some weight to its mythology. Jackman never was the problem with past Wolverine efforts. The hero just needed a great director, and I hope that he finally found him. The movie co-stars Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Tao Okamoto and Famke Janssen as Jean Grey. Yep, you heard me right. Jean Grey. See it in theaters on July 26.