First Look At Rila Fukushima As Yukio In THE WOLVERINE

First Look At Rila Fukushima As Yukio In THE WOLVERINE

Hit the jump to get your first look at the model turned actress dressed as Yukio, standing next to Logan (Hugh Jackman), in James Mangold's The Wolverine.

Another photo has surfaced from yesterday's filming of The Wolverine, that took place at the Zojoji Temple. This time it features our first look at Rila in her Yukio costume, and with an unexpected coloring of red in her hair.

Rila has the honor of playing, in my opinion, the best role in the film. Yukio is a blood-thirsty assassin that is ordered to kill Logan/Wolverine, but soon develops a crush on him when she witnesses his exceptional killing prowess. She is one of the two love interests in Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's "Japanese Saga," with Mariko being the other.

Mariko is frightened by Logan's brutality, while Yukio smiles with glee as Wolverine slices though his enemies. The two love interests represent paths that Logan must choose. With Yukio the path is easy, he is already the man/animal that she loves. The more savage he becomes, the more excited she becomes. However the path to Mariko's heart may be more difficult, but it will lead Logan on a journey of self-control and honor, which deep down is what he truly wants.

“Reminds me of me. Maybe that’s why I like her.” - Wolverine

The Wolverine will be directed by James Mangold (Knight and Day), from a script written by Christopher McQuarrie.. The cast includes: Hugh Jackamn (Logan/Wolverine), Svetlana Khodchenkova (Viper), Hiroyuki Sanada (Shingen), Hal Yamanouchi (Yashida), Tao Okamoto (Mariko), Rila Fukushima (Yukio), Brian Tee (Norubo Mori), and Will Yun Lee (Kenuichio Harada/Silver Samurai). The film will claw into theaters July 26, 2013.

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95 - 9/3/2012, 1:59 PM
This film is set in WWII and then jumps to Present Day Japan?
Knightrider - 9/3/2012, 2:01 PM
The problem was that almost cliche Hollywood saying "Model turned actress". She could be good, but why hire a model and see if they can act when could hire someone who can and has proven acting ability.
marvel72 - 9/3/2012, 2:05 PM
fingers crossed this is the wolverine movie that we should of got first time round.
GoILL - 9/3/2012, 2:18 PM
Hopefully we will get a trailer for this film soon.
LMB10 - 9/3/2012, 2:18 PM
Great name
blvdnoise - 9/3/2012, 2:41 PM
Anyone know where this film falls as far as timelines are concerned? I know, I know, Fox.. Timelines.. LOL Still just curious though I guess.
Nubase - 9/3/2012, 2:54 PM

l think we need to forget the timelines for this movie, as hugh said this is a standalone movie thats all about wolverine and will have no cameos from other mutants appearing, just him in japan and the characters involved in the japen story.
gambgel - 9/3/2012, 2:54 PM
another red hair mutant, Fox?

Im seeing a reminder to general audience of Logan and Jean from original trilogy

demonizer84 - 9/3/2012, 2:54 PM
personally i didnt mind origins on first viewings, my main gripe was how they butchered deadpool and gambit, gambit used to be my fav xman and deadpool i thought was epic from a young age, after multiple viewings it now seems a tad cheesy n tho there are some real good parts and acting, wolverine should be darker and more brutal, now this aint ever gonna get an 18 or R rating but i do personally think they are going to go down a lot darker route and make wolverine a lot more badass, im just intrigued as to how they are going to cover mariko and the enemies in this film, i hope it doesnt go on some camp comic book romp and end up too cheesy, but we shall see
Luminus - 9/3/2012, 2:54 PM
@Knightrider: Because hot women sell crappy movies. Examples:

Resident Evil
Transformers II & III
Piranha 3D
tazmaniak - 9/3/2012, 2:55 PM
@Knightrider, but think of how many actors we wouldn't have today if producers didn't take chances on models.

Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew Fox, Milla Jovovich, Chloe Sevigny, Cameron Diaz, Famke Janssen, Rebecca Romijn, Halle Berry, Monica Bellucci, Julia Roberts, Jessica Lange, Kim Basinger, Jennifer Connelly, Rachel Weisz, Julianne Moore are all models turned actors.

That's how a lot of actors get their start.
PapaEmeritus - 9/3/2012, 2:56 PM
Traumatized by the "Origins" shit and Aronofsky departure... almost zero interest in this. :/
jimoakley666 - 9/3/2012, 2:59 PM
[frick] yeah!

@blvdnoise - So far, they haven't told us. It may not even be mentioned in the movie. Apparently the prologue takes play in the early 1940s during the later half of the second world war.

That ties into the modern day setting of the majority of the movie. We know he has his Adamantium so it's after origins. But unless the X-Men are mentioned it could well be set before the fist X-Men movie for all we know.

I've a feeling they're going to keep it vague because they want it to be a stand alone movie.

It could well be set in the late 90's before he travels back to Alberta, making a living selling firewood and kicking arse in cage fights. It could also be on a sabbatical from Xavier's School.
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 9/3/2012, 3:02 PM

xXkryptoniteXx - 9/3/2012, 3:12 PM
Just sick! I can't wait for this movie and I truly believe this well be a better wolverine movie the last. I just hope that they connect some stuff with origins or give some hints as to the alternative future that happen from the last wolverine to this presences in this movie.
StormLoganSummers - 9/3/2012, 3:15 PM
That is one goofy haircut.
Solitario - 9/3/2012, 3:16 PM
TheAbomination - 9/3/2012, 3:27 PM
Looking forward to the first trailer for this one.
newfoundjedi - 9/3/2012, 3:32 PM
She has a weird shaped head. Look it up.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/3/2012, 3:54 PM
Weirdest hair style I have ever seen on a woman.
lokibane2012 - 9/3/2012, 4:09 PM
wtf @ censoring [frick]ushima.
lokibane2012 - 9/3/2012, 4:10 PM

cmon, the "frick" part of it isn't even spelt exactly like the "frick" word.
TheBigBoss917 - 9/3/2012, 4:11 PM
lokibane2012 - 9/3/2012, 4:11 PM
btw, the hair look [frick]ing stupid.
AC1 - 9/3/2012, 4:12 PM
I'm very interested to see how this will turn out, I mean I've always enjoyed Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and have grown up watching him play the character, through the good films (X-Men, X2) and the bad (X3, X-Men Origins), and even his cameo in the best X-Men film so far is memorable. Origins was an atrocity, but this could be great. I mean Aranofsky was set to direct, and he only dropped out because of family commitments. As for James Mangold, the only film of his that I've seen is 3:10 to Yuma, and I think it's a brilliant movie, and I expect The Wolverine will have a similar tone.

As for the character's hair being red, I think maybe that could be a reference to Jean, in the same way that Rose in the Origin comic book had red hair and his subconscious memory of her hair is part of the reason he falls in love with Jean.
AC1 - 9/3/2012, 4:13 PM
Oh yeah, and

CoolantTech - 9/3/2012, 4:38 PM
It'll probably be in between Origins and the first X-men, which would place it in the ninteys
marckos - 9/3/2012, 4:48 PM
Why I can't say [frick]USHIMA?
TheSoulEater - 9/3/2012, 5:05 PM
Red hair?
santoanderson - 9/3/2012, 5:06 PM
So have they officially said for sure when this movie takes place? Is it in the 1980's or are they putting it in the present day? Hugh Jackman isn't getting any younger.
Phileo26 - 9/3/2012, 5:25 PM
I like the idea of having her in the movie. Hope she has the "razor darts" or whatever that she throws as her main weapon.
And I was wondering if anyone knew if Viper would be in this as well???

Phileo26 - 9/3/2012, 5:26 PM
Also, what do ppl think of guest staring/cameo w/ kitty?? I mean didn't wolvie train her in martial arts and in fighting w/ a kitana and stuff???

Just a thought.
Salemdog - 9/3/2012, 5:33 PM
Once again let's completely change a character from this

to this

Maggie Q too busy?

Wait for dvd time.
Bodwulf - 9/3/2012, 5:54 PM
Hope it is good.
IronSpider101 - 9/3/2012, 5:56 PM
Yu Gi Oh?
FluxCapacitor - 9/3/2012, 5:58 PM
pitbull76 - 9/3/2012, 6:09 PM
Does anyone know what costume they are going with for this movie?I have a feeling they might go full mask like in the comics change it up a bit to separate it from the other x-men films since this is a standalone.
Ranger14 - 9/3/2012, 6:11 PM
She is kind of different looking. Perhaps Aliens have cross-bred with our species. Sorry, all I could see was an Asian ET when I looked at her images on google. :-P
FireKnightRises - 9/3/2012, 6:19 PM

and WTF red hair?? yukio in comic isn't caucasian seriously I smell another shit from FOX
Ranger14 - 9/3/2012, 6:24 PM
"yukio in comic isn't caucasian seriously I smell another shit from FOX"

Huh? Rila isn't Caucasian. Did you look at her photo at top and see her name?
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