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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.

Director:

Mamoru Hosoda

Writers:

Mamoru Hosoda (original story), Satoko Okudera (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Kenji Koiso (voice)
Nanami Sakuraba ... Natsuki Shinohara (voice)
Mitsuki Tanimura ... Kazuma Ikezawa (voice)
Takahiro Yokokawa Takahiro Yokokawa ... Takashi Sakuma (voice)
Mieko Nobusawa Mieko Nobusawa ... Mariko Jin'nôchi (voice)
Mutsumi Sasaki Mutsumi Sasaki ... Kazuo Shinohara (voice)
Takashi Kobayashi Takashi Kobayashi ... Tasuke Jin'nôchi (voice)
Yoji Tanaka Yoji Tanaka ... Yorihiko Jin'nôchi (voice)
Kiyomi Tanigawa Kiyomi Tanigawa ... Yukiko Shinohara (voice)
Hashiya Nakamura Hashiya Nakamura ... Kunihiko Jin'nôchi (voice)
Sakiko Tamagawa Sakiko Tamagawa ... Rika Jin'nôchi (voice)
Kaori Yamagata Kaori Yamagata ... Naomi Miwa (voice)
Takuya Kirimoto Takuya Kirimoto ... Ri'ichi Jin'nôchi (voice)
Mitsutaka Itakura Mitsutaka Itakura ... Katsuhiko Jin'nôchi (voice)
Tagame Tamura 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The grandmother's birthday, August 1st, is a clear reference to Odaiba Day, a holiday celebrated within the Digimon fandom that is recognized and acknowledged by many Digimon media producers. The director to Summer Wars, Mamoru Hosada, has a history with working on and directing Digimon media, most notably a movie he directed, "Digimon Adventure: Our War Game" (localized theatrically outside of Japan as "Digimon: The Movie") which shares a very similar art style, themes, and plot points to Summer Wars. See more »

Quotes

Sakae Jinnouchi: [a letter in an envelope reading: To the family - read when the time comes, from passed away granny Sakae Jinnouchi, read in her voice] To my family. // First, take yourselves a deep breath. Crying and carrying on doesn't help anything. Make my funeral arrangement a simple affair, just our close friends, and then go back to your day-to-day lives. I don't have anything to leave you in a way of an inheritance. That said, I'm sure my old acquaintances will keep an eye on Jin'nôchi family. No need ...
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Connections

Referenced in Anime-Gataris: Our Friend Kouki's Second Betrayal (2017) See more »

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Bokura no natsu no yume
Written and Performed by Tatsurô Yamashita
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Here Comes The Summer
2 June 2013 | by robinski34See 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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Japan

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Release Date:

1 August 2009 (Japan) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,412, 26 December 2010

Gross USA:

$80,768

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,434,328
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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