Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she... See full summary »
Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.
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
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 »
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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As Kenji, a high school student, takes on a job for the most popular girl in school, Natsuki, stuff is quickly spiralling out of control for him. Not only is this job for Natsuki not entirely what he had expected, but an A.I. has taken over his Avatar in the virtual world of Oz, wreaking allsorts of havoc. This is the premise of a roller-coaster ride that is exciting, sweet, strange, touching, funny, cool, exhilarating and most of all, a lot of fun. If someone asked me to make a good animation /science fiction/ romance/ action/ comedy/ drama/ movie about a virtual world, a family, Japanse high school students in a save the world kind of scenario: I'd probably laugh in their faces... Director Mamoru Hosoda however likely said something along these lines:"Yeah, sounds cool!". And continued on to make an awesome movie. It baffles me how he pulled this off with this wacky scenario, every scene sets the right tone, has the perfect pacing and touches the right strings at the right time. Summer Wars (and the also amazing Girl Who Leapt Through Time) made it clear to me Japan has the one of the best directors on the planet in animation with Mamoru Hosoda, and I can't wait to see what more he will conjure up. Highly recommended!
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