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Summer Wars (2009)
"Samâ uôzu" (original title)

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A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend in her grandmother's 90th birthday.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ...
Kenji Koiso (voice)
Nanami Sakuraba ...
Natsuki Shinohara (voice)
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Kazuma Ikezawa (voice)
Takahiro Yokokawa ...
Takashi Sakuma (voice)
Mieko Nobusawa ...
Mariko Jin'nôchi (voice)
Mutsumi Sasaki ...
Kazuo Shinohara (voice)
Takashi Kobayashi ...
Tasuke Jin'nôchi (voice)
Yôji Tanaka ...
Yorihiko Jin'nôchi (voice)
Kiyomi Tanigawa ...
Yukiko Shinohara (voice)
Hashiya Nakamura ...
Kunihiko Jin'nôchi (voice)
Sakiko Tamagawa ...
Rika Jin'nôchi (voice)
Kaori Yamagata ...
Naomi Miwa (voice)
Takuya Kirimoto ...
Ri'ichi Jin'nôchi (voice)
Mitsutaka Itakura ...
Katsuhiko Jin'nôchi (voice)
Tagame Tamura ...
Kiyomi Ikezawa (voice)
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Kenji Koiso, an eleventh grade math genius, agrees to take a summer job at the Nagano hometown of his crush, Natuski. When he arrives, he finds that her family have reunited to celebrate the 90th birthday of the family matriarch. His job is to pretend to be Natsuki's fiancé. Meanwhile, his attempt to solve a mathematical equation causes a parallel world's collision with earth. Written by Chris Evans

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Opening Weekend:

$1,412 (USA) (24 December 2010)

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$78,182 (USA) (4 February 2011)
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Sakae Jinnouchi: Never turn your back on family, even when they hurt you. Never let life get the better of you. And if you remember nothing else, remember to find time to eat together as a family. Even when times are rough; especially when times are rough. There's no lack of painful things in this world, but hunger and loneliness must surely be two of the worst.Thanks to you, my precious family, I didn't know a moment of either of those the last ninety years.
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Here Comes The Summer
2 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Summer Wars' is another excellent exponent of the Japanese anime genre, directed by Mamoru Hosoda, whose modest (so far) directorial cannon includes 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time' (not to be mistaken for one of the Stieg Larsson trilogy!), which is also highly enjoyable. This film is a lively and colourful affair, nicely evoking the optimism and energy of the season, and its large cast of characters is well drawn in both senses, each one sketched with enough care and detail to be believable and interesting, and to make their own distinct contribution to the story, despite there being some twenty family members or so to deal with, no mean feat.

The plot is bedded in the technology of future, an almost ubiquitous theme for the genre, but the story's posit of a worldwide virtual network to which every financial institution, emergency service and government agency links, and indeed some cedes control of its systems, is hardly Science Fiction! Events take a turn for the worst of course, but despite the action being centred on a bright and colourful online world, and a plethora of cuddly personal avatars, Hosoda invests the conflict with a dark malevolence that is convincing, and delivers a real sense of threat.

'Summer Wars' may look at first glance like a kid's film, but don't dismiss it as 'some kind of Pokémon', the film delivers some emotional passages and a sweet central relationship that you will root for. All in all very satisfying for fans of the genre, and has something to offer those who are not. For me, the final note strays from the tone of the piece, but that is a minor quibble. Treat yourself to a dose of optimism.


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