In James Mangold's The Wolverine there's a WWII flashback scene. Logan is in a POW camp near Nagasaki. A Japanese soldier, Yoshida, opens up Logan's "cell" and encourages Logan to make a run for it. Logan tells him there is no place to run from what is coming (the a-bomb), choosing to stay in his bunker. Yoshida and his fellow soldiers realize their lives are nearing an end, and decide to take their lives. Just before a reluctant Yoshida can stab himself with his sword Logan stops him. The two hustle back to Logan's bunker-like cell where Logan protects Yoshida from the blast. Logan gets good and crispy from the blast and this is where Yoshida Witnesses Logan's amazing healing powers.
In the animated storyboards (animatics) below, which were created by storyboard artist John Coven, things are slightly different. Logan is seen trying to open his cell with his bone-claws before Yoshida frees him. Once freed Logan actually takes off running with the other prisoners that were released. Lastly, Yoshida becomes visibily upset when Logan prevents him from taking his own life. He even decides to fight off Logan's help, cutting Logan on his arm. This allows Yoshida to witness Logan's healing ability.
The Wolverine from johncoven on Vimeo.
Concept Art by Steffen Reichstadt
THE WOLVERINE - Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality.
The Wolverine was be directed by James Mangold (Knight and Day), from a script written by Christopher McQuarrie. Starring: 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). Available Now on Digital HD, DVD, and Blu-ray.