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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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The second original full-length anime to come from the mind of Mamoru Hosoda. This film really does solidify Hosodasan as a huge contender in the anime movie genre if The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was not enough to convince some people. Presented in two very distinct styles (as pictured above), the story revolves around Kenji Koiso who is conscripted into "working" for one of the older girls at his school by accompanying her to the 90th birthday party of her grandmother out in the country. Taking place in a mildly fictionalized version of 2010 Japan, most everything is the same, except some mutant Facebook/Farmville/Animal Crossing/Second Life social network connects almost everyone (and everything) in Japan. The movie avoids dystopia by portraying this social network much like Facebook is today, enhancing people's lives and businesses instead of consuming them. Anyways, trouble happens both at the grandma's birthday and in the online world and Hosodasan is able to shape it into a wonderful portrayal of Japanese culture and the deep family/clan bonds that still largely remain from feudal times, while mixing in a very large helping of pleasant strangeness that can only come from anime. Perhaps Hosodasan will be able to fill the large shoes left by Satoshi Kon after his recent passing and become the premiere director of surreal (but not too surreal) anime. Touching, genuine, and enthralling from start to finish, you would be doing yourself a great disservice if you didn't watch this gem of contemporary anime. Recommended for anyone with a heart who wants to see a great story about the power of family.


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