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Summer Wars -- Kenji, an young math genius, takes a summer job to be near his crush, Natuski. While getting involved with Natsuki and her family, he discovers a mathematical equation that is causing a parallel world's collision with earth.

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Director:
Writers:
Mamoru Hosoda (story) and
Satoko Okudera (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 August 2009 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
I absolutely loved "Summer Wars"! See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Kenji Koiso (voice: Japanese version)
Nanami Sakuraba ... Natsuki Shinohara (voice: Japanese version)

Mitsuki Tanimura ... Kazuma Ikezawa (voice: Japanese version)
Takahiro Yokokawa ... Takashi Sakuma (voice: Japanese version)
Mieko Nobusawa ... Mariko Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Mutsumi Sasaki ... Kazuo Shinohara (voice: Japanese version)
Takashi Kobayashi ... Tasuke Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Yôji Tanaka ... Yorihiko Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Kiyomi Tanigawa ... Yukiko Shinohara (voice: Japanese version)
Hashiya Nakamura ... Kunihiko Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Sakiko Tamagawa ... Rika Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Kaori Yamagata ... Naomi Miwa (voice: Japanese version)
Takuya Kirimoto ... Ri'ichi Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Mitsutaka Itakura ... Katsuhiko Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Tagame Tamura ... Kiyomi Ikezawa (voice: Japanese version)
Eiko Kanazawa ... Noriko Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Chigusa Takaku ... Nana Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Yutaka Shimizu ... Shota Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Naoto Adachi ... Ryohei Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Riisa Naka ... Yûmi Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Sumire Morohoshi ... Mao Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Yuki Imai ... Shingo Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Rikito Ota ... Yuhei Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Hinano Minagawa ... Kana Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Ayumu Saitô ... Wabisuke Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Sumiko Fuji ... Sakae Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version)
Michael Sinterniklaas ... Kenji Koiso (voice: English version)

Brina Palencia ... Natsuki Shinohara (voice: English version)

Pam Dougherty ... Sakae Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)

Todd Haberkorn ... Takashi Sakuma (voice: English version)
J. Michael Tatum ... Wabisuke Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
Maxey Whitehead ... Kazuma Ikezawa (voice: English version)
John Swasey ... Mansuke Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)

Shelley Calene-Black ... Mariko Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
Lydia Mackay ... Naomi Miwa (voice: English version)
Mike McFarland ... Shota Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)

Monica Rial ... Yûmi Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
Barry Yandell ... Mansaku Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
Chuck Huber ... Ri'ichi Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
Cynthia Cranz ... Rika Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
John Burgmeier ... Tasuke Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
Christopher Sabat ... Katsuhiko Jin'nôchi (voice: English version) (as Christopher R. Sabat)
Robert McCollum ... Yorihiko Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
Brittney Karbowski ... Yuhei Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
Alison Viktorin ... Shingo Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
Patrick Seitz ... Kunihiko Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
Colleen Clinkenbeard ... Noriko Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
Jennifer Seman ... Kiyomi Ikezawa (voice: English version)

Cherami Leigh ... Mao Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
Caitlin Glass ... Nana Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)

Bill Jenkins ... Kazuo Shinohara (voice: English version)
Anastasia Munoz ... Yukiko Shinohara (voice: English version)
Jason Liebrecht ... Ryohei Jin'nôchi (voice: English version)
Tia Lynn Ballard ... Kana Jin'nôchi (voice: English version) (as Tia Ballard)
Alexis Tipton ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Joel McDonald ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Phil Parsons ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Liza Gonzalez ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Trina Nishimura ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Maeghan Albach ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Anthony Bowling ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Scott Freeman ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Mary Morgan ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
R. Bruce Elliott ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Chris Ayres ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Kara Edwards ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Chris Cason ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Sonny Strait ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Clarine Harp ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

John Gremillion ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Eric Vale ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Mark Stoddard ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Grant James ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Chris Burnett ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Greg Silva ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Stephanie Young ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Dave Trosko ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Jim Foronda ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tobias Diakow ... Kenji Koiso (voice: German version)
Shin'ichi Hatori
Ichirô Nagai ... Mansuke Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Tadashi Nakamura ... Mansaku Jin'nôchi (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mamoru Hosoda 
 
Writing credits
Mamoru Hosoda (story)

Satoko Okudera  screenplay

Produced by
Justin Cook .... producer: FUNimation
Gen Fukunaga .... executive producer: FUNimation
Carly Hunter .... producer: FUNimation
Shin'ichirô Inoue .... executive producer
Takuya Itô .... producer
Mike McFarland .... line producer: FUNimation
Seiji Okuda .... executive producer
Yuichiro Sato .... producer
Nozomu Takahashi .... producer
Takafumi Watanabe .... producer
 
Original Music by
Akihiko Matsumoto 
 
Film Editing by
Shigeru Nishiyama 
 
Production Design by
Yôji Takeshige 
 
Art Department
Anri Johjo .... chief art designer (as Anri Jôjô)
 
Sound Department
Mike McFarland .... adr director
 
Visual Effects by
Mihai Cioroba .... r&d developer
 
Animation Department
Masaru Hamada .... character designer
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto .... character designer
 
Editorial Department
Casey Barteau .... video engineer: FUNimation
Ashley Rosse .... video editing
 
Music Department
Kae M. Black .... orchestrator
Koji Hajima .... conductor
Yoichiro Kano .... music mixer
Mayuko Katakura .... music engineer
Mayuko Katakura .... music mixer
Randy Miller .... composer: additional music
Akira Morishita .... music programmer
Kozue Okada .... music producer
Eiji Uchinuma .... music engineer
Akira Morishita .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Masao Maruyama .... planner
Yutaka Tachibana .... production staff
Noriko Takaya .... harmony process
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Samâ uôzu" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for action violence, some suggestive content, language, mild thematic material and incidental smoking
Runtime:
114 min
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Trivia:
Warner Brothers originally considered localizing the film themselves before licensing it off to FUNimation Entertainment.See more »
Quotes:
Takashi Sakuma:Please tell me you didn't break the internet.See more »
Movie Connections:
References WarGames (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bokura no natsu no yumeSee more »

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30 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
I absolutely loved "Summer Wars"!, 23 August 2011
Author: dee.reid from United States

If you liked 2006's "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time," you're going to absolutely love "Summer Wars." Mamoru Hosoda's new film is an oddball mix of science fiction, cyber-punk, teen romance and family comedy/drama, all rolled up into one beautiful, lavish-looking Anime' that also somehow manages to throw in a pretty chilling end-of-the-world fight for the future of humanity. This has to be the best animated film to come out so far this year, or was it last year (I honestly can't remember). All I know is, I would have passed this film had I not read "The Washington Post's" "Style" section early one morning.

Regardless of how you feel about Japanese animation, "Summer Wars" is one film that the whole family can enjoy. Unlike most family films, however, this one doesn't insult the intelligence of the audience, nor does it treat its characters in a half-a**ed, perfunctory fashion. Every character in this film is alive and brimming over the top with personality, poise and humor, a rarity in most films these days - whether they be animated or live-action. But you know how most American audiences are here: they're pathologically afraid of anything foreign (i.e., not American). And then there's also all those negative stereotypes that Japanese animation is violent and full of sex.

Not true here.

It all just shows the marvelous degree of attention to detail that Hosoda paid to this project. It definitely has the makings of a labor of love for the Japanese filmmaker. "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" was an enjoyably light-hearted sci-fi/comedy romp in its own right. I liked it well enough (I rated it a 10/10), yet I still something felt missing from it. I didn't find anything missing from "Summer Wars," a brilliantly inventive and highly original movie that combines elements of the online virtual world Second Life, "The Social Network" (2010), "The Matrix" (1999), "Meet the Parents" (2000), and "The Simpsons" together with a bunch of other stuff I can't really remember.

17-year-old high schooler Kenji Koiso is a mathematical genius who like most high school geniuses, is shy, uncoordinated, and inarticulate in the area of girls and love. Things become even more complicated for him when the girl of his dreams (and fellow classmate) Natsuki Shinohara "hires" him out to be her fake fiancé to please her ailing great-grandmother at an upcoming family reunion. Cue the family dramatics. Cue the crazy and/or obnoxious relatives. Cue all-out familial craziness!

Sakae Jinnouchi is the 90-year-old family matriarch of this motley bunch of oddball relatives. The Jinnouchi clan fought bravely against the army of the Tokugawa shogunate that ruled all of Japan for nearly three centuries. The spirit of the Jinnouchi clan lives on to the present day, as poor Kenji finds out first-hand. His feelings for Natsuki will have to take a backseat when he receives a random text message one night that contains a 250-character algorithm. Kenji solves it with little difficulty.

The next day, Kenji finds out that he is responsible for bringing down Oz, the film's online equivalent of Facebook combined with MySpace combined with a world-wide chat room/business center. Additionally, when Kenji solved the algorithm, he also gave a malevolent A.I. (artificial intelligence) called "Love Machine" instant access to pretty much everything in the online world. And it isn't long before "Love Machine," using Kenji's online avatar to hack into accounts and steal information, sets its sights on also conquering the real world, even if it means killing all life on Earth as we know it. This apocalyptic showdown between man and A.I. unfolds amidst the family drama at Sakae's hilltop estate - Will Kenji get the pretty girl Natsuki? Will Natsuki return the affection? Who will stop "Love Machine's" online rampage?

"Summer Wars" is very easily one of the greatest Anime' films ever made. The film is a dazzling display of vibrant, pretty colors, computer-generated backgrounds/scenery, and lively three-dimensional characters. I honestly haven't been this in love with a group of characters in animated form in a very long time. Every single member of the Jinnouchi family is alive & well and have their time to shine with familiar family theatrics in carefully written scenes of family comedy/drama. And the battle scenes in cyber-space are brilliantly animated and executed, and are appropriately edge-of-your-seat thrilling.

You have to give praise to a movie that starts out like something off "The Brady Bunch" and ends with an apocalyptic showdown like in "The Matrix." Now in today's filmmaking industry on both sides of the ocean, that's what I call originality.

10/10

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