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Summer Wars(サマーウォーズ)

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Japan · 2009
Rated PG · 1h 54m
Director Mamoru Hosoda
Starring Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura, Takahiro Yokokawa
Genre Animation

Kenji Koiso --a timid teenage math genius-- has been invited by upperclassmen Natsuki Shinohara to her family's estate to celebrate her great-grandmother's birthday. After Kenji is sent an email that accidentally activates a sadistic artificial intelligence named Love Machine, however, he and his new friends must find a way to stop the rogue computer program from wreaking havoc on the world.

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Conner Dejecacion Profile picture for Conner Dejecacion

I've seen this movie so many times, for fun and for a class. It's visually, thematically and emotionally rich, managing to make the cold future of technology so much warmer. It's about family, by blood and otherwise, and the triumph of the human spirit over all. I find that I always cry a little bit when I watch this movie, and it's grown on me in the 15 years since its original release.

What are critics saying?


Washington Post by

Considering it's anime, Summer Wars starts out more like a bad romantic comedy.


The Hollywood Reporter by Frank Scheck

Running almost two hours, its increasingly convoluted narrative may be too difficult to follow for younger viewers. But its thematic ambition and dazzling visual style ultimately make it one of the more rewarding anime efforts to reach these shores.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

Hosoda, who directed the cult film "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time," has made a sophisticated yet poignant family entertainment with an appeal beyond Japanese animation buffs.


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

Summer Wars is a magnificently manufactured piece of film entertainment that goes beyond the obvious and manages to comment, often obliquely, on everything from Facebook to virtual war and/or terrorism without ever seeming heavy-handed or strident.


Time Out by Nick Schager

Summer Wars surprisingly celebrates togetherness and bravery as much as binary-mathematics expertise, all helped along by a kick-ass synthesis of traditional hand-drawn scenes and fluid, rainbow-explosive CG artistry.


The New York Times by Rachel Saltz

There's a lovely, unhurried quality to Mr. Hosoda's storytelling, which nicely matches the clean, classically composed images of his outer story.

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