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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

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:

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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

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 »

Quotes

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
Written and Performed by Tatsurô Yamashita
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no masterpiece, but not too bad either
1 January 2011 | by robertheinrich73See all my reviews

There are some anime masterpieces which can be recommended as a must-see to virtually anyone, and not only fans of the genre. Movies like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, etc.

If you know them you will understand what I mean. In addition to being visually compelling these also have an original plot with some twists here and there, and will leave you with the feeling that you have just watched something really awesome.

Let's be honest: Summer Wars will not enter this eternal hall of fame, mostly because the plot is far too conventional and straight-forward.

On the other hand, a solid plot is not necessarily a bad thing, and makes this movie suitable for a broad audience. While a real fan of anime will probably be disappointed by the lack of weirdness and original ideas, Summer Wars might be a real good starting point for a newbie.

And if you are willing to excuse the fact that the plot won't knock your socks off, apart from that Summer Wars is a really good movie. It does quite an excellent job in introducing literally dozens of characters and still managing to give every single one of them a unique personality.

The story unfolds on parallel levels (the action part about saving the world, the part about the values of a family, the dangers of relying too much on technology, a little bit of teenage love story, ...) - while each level is too obvious and shallow on its own, they blend in together nicely. Reminds me of a virtual chop suey - nothing special, yet very tasty.

The visual presentation is quite good, too. The scenes in the real world are well done, and the cyberspace world is amazing.

In conclusion, Summer Wars is OK. Not really original and far from being excellent, but good nevertheless. No unique masterpiece, yet solid work, and if you won't set your expectations too high, you will enjoy it.


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