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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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Kenji Koiso (voice)
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Natsuki Shinohara (voice)
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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)
Sakiko Tamagawa ...
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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1 August 2009 (Japan)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,412 (USA) (26 December 2010)

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$78,182 (USA) (6 February 2011)
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Mamoru Hosoda completed all 500 pages of storyboards for the film at Denny's, working in hugely long 12 and 16-hour shifts. See more »

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Takashi Sakuma: Please tell me you didn't break the internet.
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References Fantasia (1940) See more »

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Bokura no natsu no yume
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Amazing Detail
7 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What is most striking about this movie is the detail that's been put into the animation.

Only the characters in this animation looks like animation. All the background detail looks so real. It's hard to believe that someone went to this length to put perfection on celluloid. Not only are the scenic details so perfect, the behavior of the Japanese family is also captured perfectly.

Kenji a math prodigy high school student who is working part time as a software maintenance crew for virtual reality computer network called Oz is invited to a family gathering by Natsuki at her home town of Ueda city in Nagano prefecture. Unbeknownst to him, he's been introduced to her family as her fiancé. The evening he arrives at Natsuki's family home, he receives a sequence of numbers in his phone's text message. Using his mathematical genius to work, he figures out what the code means, and sends it back to the sender. Next day, Oz network has been hacked in by a malicious computer virus that can learn and expend its control over the Oz community. Oz is connected to almost every public service, and the computer virus take control of the community. It's now up to Kenji and Natsuki's family to figure out how to beat the computer virus.

The movie is made for Japanese audience, and it's better if seen with the original Japanese dialog with subtitles. You will get better nuance about how family's interaction is occurring. It's even better if you can understand Japanese. The subtle nuance of character's emotion and intent will be missed otherwise. People who didn't like this movie invariably saw the English dubbed version which doesn't convey the true charm of this movie. Some movie just doesn't translate well when dubbed like "Back to the Future". If you've seen a dubbed version of Back to the Future in other languages, you'll see that all the humorous details didn't make it across the translation. This movie is one such movie.

One of the best anime movie to be ever created, Summer Wars is one movie that's worth watching. See the stunning details put into this incredible work of art.


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