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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kenji Koiso (voice)
... Natsuki Shinohara (voice)
... 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)
... 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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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 USA:

$1,412, 26 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$78,182, 6 February 2011
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Warner Brothers originally considered localizing the film themselves before licensing it off to FUNimation Entertainment. See more »

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Takashi Sakuma: Please tell me you didn't break the internet.
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Version of Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! (2000) See more »

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Bokura no natsu no yume
Written and Performed by Tatsurô Yamashita
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Easily one of the better anime movies out there
18 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I adore this movie. Something about its mad mix of colourful, vibrant portrayal of virtual world and down to earth family life in rural Japan really appeals to me. These two stories are so far away from one another, yet they manage to tell a coherent, heartwarming story about the bonds that define us and that allow us to function with one another. It's a simple story - though yes, as a scifi story it has some bizarre elements - but it's told well, with special attention paid to the quiet moments and the little gestures we make when in the company of someone else.

And I really liked the Jinnouchi Clan. I could easily place myself among these people and feel immediately at home. I know that one uncle, who's loud and boisterous and all about big, material things. I have one. I know that teenage emo cousin, who's made of awkward. I have one. I know that aunt, who's bossing people around with a verbal whip and shrill voice. I have one, unfortunately.

So yes, I love this movie, and definitely recommend it to each and every one out there. If there is something that I have to nitpick about, it's that the movie doesn't have that awe-inspiring quality. It's not going to be an instant classic that everyone will talk about in the coming years. It has all the right elements. Stunning visuals, great story, identifiable characters, good romance, nice music... Yet it lacks that special something, that final spark. Instead it's just a really nice film.


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