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Summer Wars [DVD]

Sumiko Fuji , RyŻnosuke Kamiki , Mamoru Hosoda    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sumiko Fuji, RyŻnosuke Kamiki, Ayumu SaitŰ
  • Directors: Mamoru Hosoda
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AFUJH0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,965 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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THE JAPANESE BOX OFFICE SENSATION! When timid eleventh-grader and math genius Kenji Koiso is asked by older student and secret crush Natsuki to come with her to her family's Nagano home for a summer job, he agrees without hesitation. Natsuki's family, the Jinnouchi clan, dates back to the Muromachi era, and they've all come together to celebrate the 90th birthday of the spunky matriarch of the family, Sakae. That's when Kenji discovers his summer job is to pretend to be Natsuki's fiancé and dance with her at the birthday celebration. As Kenji attempts to keep up with Natsuki's act around her family, he receives a strange math problem on his cell phone which, being a math genius, he can't resist solving. As it turns out, the solution to the mysterious equation causes a hijacking of the social networking site through which most of the world's social and business traffic flows. It s up to Kenji and his new fake family to put reality back in order.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
By John Clayton III VINE VOICE
Coming from the creators of 'The girl who leapt through time', which was one of the best pieces of anime to come out in the past few years, I had high hopes for Summer Wars and thankfully, it delivered on all my expectations and more. It is every inch the animated marvel it has been hyped as.

Telling the tale of Kenji Koiso, a high school computer whiz who is approached by Natsuki, the girl he is in love with and is duly tricked by her into accepting a "job" posing as her fiancee on a vacation to her summer home with her huge extended family in full attendance. Out of his element around the eccentric characters that make up Natsuki's relatives and the various dramas that are causing friction among them, Kenji finds distraction in decrypting a mysterious code he receives on his phone... little realising that in doing so he is helping a rapidly evolving AI program to take control of the world's largest online community, setting in motion a chain of events that sees him, Natsuki and her wacky family become the only ones capable of saving the entire world from nuclear armageddon.

Summer Wars functions as both a moving character piece in it's exploration of Natsuki's family, and the problems caused when their mass summer vacation is disrupted by an estranged "black sheep" member of their family reappears after a number of years and also as a sci fi thriller showing the colourful online world that represents the world's biggest online networking site in a completely different visual style from the real world scenes, utilising cel shaded CGI to show an impressively huge universe filled with unique 'avatars' as it slowly comes under attack/invasion by the raging AI.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Wow... my mind has literally been blown away, something I haven't felt for a long time since first watching some of my now favourite Hayao Miyazaki's films such as Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away & Laputa, Castle In The Sky + more.

The storyline is fantastic and whilst based on technology that is superior to our own at the moment, it's actually something that could happen in the future if social networks keep growing and people give permission for them to access even more personal details, maybe not in the exact same way, however as we live in a totally internet/computer dependent society, the idea isn't as far-fetched as some may think.

One thing that you will certainly love about this film is how much emotion it pumps through you; I was laughing, crying and biting my lips in suspense all the way through the film, not once did I feel that the film was dragging on, there was always something there to keep your attention towards the film right from the beginning to the very end.

One thing I must point out is that the film is in BOTH English & Japanese audio for your own choosing, Amazon currently states it's Japanese audio only with English subtitles, so for those that are wary of buying this product because they struggle reading subtitles like I do, I can assure you that this is in English audio.

If you loved The Girl Who Leapt Through Time which was also directed by Mamoru Hosoda, then just wait until you get your hands on this!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Please tell me you didn't break the internet." 31 Mar 2011
Madhouse have made a name for themselves by producing quality animation for TV series, their films have recently been applauded for their story and artwork. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was a critically acclaimed release and Summer Wars sees a continuation of Science Fiction themes and a little bit of romance.

The film opens with a promo for a virtual online world called "Oz", where users create an Avatar and then play, communicate, even work in a cyber alternate reality, it's a service that Japan has come to rely on as the main source of information, email, and online recreation.

Kenji, a mathematical genius, student and part time programmer for the Oz website is asked by fellow student Natsuki to spend a few days away with her family to the country for a part time job. More than happy to go along he is surprised when he discovers the `job' is to pretend to be her fiancé so that her aging great grandmother can see her fictional husband-to-be while she still has time. It's a friendly family so it's not too hard to fit in, but there are family politics and long personal histories making him feel a little like an outsider. However events following a random email received on his phone are set to make his trip very eventful.

The anonymous email contains a mathematical puzzle Kenji can't resist solving, though he is surprised to find his face on the news the next day when it turns out he has unwittingly aided the hacking of Oz security and rendered the entire website useless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, quirky
It's not quite as 'real' as the girl who leapt through time but it is a good story (read it if you're interested in spoilers) and it has a lot of endearing moments. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mr. James D. Westoby
4.0 out of 5 stars "Summer Wars" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With The 'US' Disc...
If you're a British fan of Anime and "Summer Wars" - please note that the 'American' Funimation BLU RAY is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Fantasy Film of Unplanned Experiences
“Summer Wars” is an animated film that focuses on how Kenji, a high school math whiz, balances his daily life along with the activities of taking on a second persona in a virtual... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stella Carrier
5.0 out of 5 stars New favourite
Sometimes when I'm walking around the house naked I think about summer wars and then I watch it. Naked.
I recommend this film
Published 2 months ago by Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
I saw this movie at an anime film festival a few years ago and bought in on dvd for my youngest sister. Great movie.
Published 2 months ago by Caroline Corcoran
3.0 out of 5 stars More Wars, less hystrionics please
I liked this movie, almost gave it 4 stars, but in the end opted for 3. Reason being, I knew this was a story of one family coming together over past differences to help each... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matt Devney
5.0 out of 5 stars I did NOT expect that
Wow, I can't say how much I loved this anime, there's next to nothing I could complain about, other than maybe the 'villain' being called love machine, but really that's it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J.Fortune
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I was a big fan of this movie for a while, and I seriously wanted to get my hands on a copy of it. The quality that I watched the movie before was poor and I desperately wanted to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Excellent film and maybe not quite what you expect, but you get sucked in and can't help but loose yourself in the story.
Published 7 months ago by cdstealer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Honestly, one of the best films I've seen in a while, such a good anime film, I'd really recommend it, I'd also recommend his other film the girl who lept through time, both films... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Laurence
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