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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 (story), Satoko Okudera (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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)
Yôji Tanaka Yôji 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

1 August 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Wars See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Brothers originally considered localizing the film themselves before licensing it off to FUNimation Entertainment. See more »

Quotes

Kazuma Ikezawa: It's no game, it's a sport. Games are for people who don't care enough. In sports, you compete to win.
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References Seven Samurai (1954) See more »

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Bokura no natsu no yume
Written and Performed by Tatsurô Yamashita
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"Here is another masterpiece Japanimation!"
23 August 2009 | by charlie_ishiyamaSee all my reviews

The story begins with a math genius high school boy Kenji and his secret idol Natsuki going back to her hometown Nagano to celebrate her great grandmother's 90th birthday. One night, Kenji unintentionally helped crack the security code of a second life net community called "OZ" where billions of users communicate and live. Eventually a single password crack in virtual reality caused an enormous disaster to the real world. And young hero and heroin, and heroin's families are united and determined to fight against their overwhelming enemy.

The characters, designed by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, including a young hero and heroin, are all vivid and adorable enough to make me feel that I actually want to be with them and related to the family. Also I think it was a right decision for a casting director not to use popular TV personalities for commercialism because I often witnessed their unexceptionally poor voice acting destroying masterpieces into pieces. Here the voice acting by the experienced actors or actresses enlivened all the characters, especially the great grandmother's affectionate yet dignified voice was just awesome.

The script woven by Satoko Okudera involved me into the story from the beginning to the end. The advanced internet technology and the traditional large family of Japan are cleverly integrated into one cloth, not contradicting to one another. The main plot of the movie is the fiction, however, I read and watch similar types of accidents on the paper or TV now and then. And the fact, I think, added the reality and impact to the story.

In 2006, Mamoru Hosoda proved himself a promising animation director in "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time". This time he proved himself a truly talented story teller who is capable of entertaining anyone regardless of age, gender, or culture. In this movie, he successfully had a virtual network and a real life coexist and interact with each other seamlessly in order to make the 'save-the-world' type main plot as tangible as possible and let it roller-coaster on. The reason why I called this a masterpiece is that this is not a mere roller coaster; he elaborately described the family tie, the growth of youths, and the romance between the young hero and heron, too.

Up until today, the avatars on the internet were just 2D/3D images or computer programs for me. But after the end roll of this movie, I've become aware that he or she actually lives behind avatars and I am "connected" to them in some way through the internet. It is a highly recommended animation film!


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