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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 »
10 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Runtime:

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

Sakae Jinnouchi: 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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Connections

References Star Wars (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

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 VartiainenSee 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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