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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 at her grandmother's 90th birthday.

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Kenji Koiso (voice)
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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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Storyline

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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Rated PG for action violence, some suggestive content, language, mild thematic material and incidental smoking | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$78,182 (USA) (4 February 2011)
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Trivia

Mamoru Hosoda completed all 500 pages of storyboards for the film at Denny's, working in hugely long 12 and 16-hour shifts. See more »

Quotes

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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References Fantasia (1940) See more »

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Bokura no natsu no yume
Written and Performed by Tatsurô Yamashita
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Great animation, great story, great movie.
23 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Summer Wars is another excellent movie from Madhouse and Mamoru Hosada, the director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Like TGWLTT, Summer Wars is a science fiction movie with heart. Instead of the humorous, poignant tone of the previous movie, Summer Wars focuses on family bonds and the inherent potential for mayhem that is an unavoidable part of our incredibly connected, increasingly virtual society. It's an easy to follow story that should have a lot of appeal for a broad audience.

The dubbing and animation are wonderful, and the fact that so much of the events play out in the virtual world provides a lot of opportunities for some eye-catching visuals. The music is fine, but not quite up to the fantastic score of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

I slightly prefer TGWLTT, but both movies are fully recommended and I've given them the same score. They're wonderful films, even in comparison to the amazing movies that have been coming out of Studio Ghibli for years. I can't wait to see what Hosada is working on next.


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