Summer Wars

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"Always protect your network."
  • PG
  • 2009
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • 7.4  (29,187)
  • 63

In the not too distant future, the internet as humanity knows it has been drawn into a new kind of social networking system. Oz is a virtual wonderland where users can not only chat, play games, and interact, but also shop, have business meetings, and even handle government related tasks. High school student Kenji Koiso works a summer job as a moderator in the Oz community, using his mathematical skills to run maintenance checks on the complex system. Kenji is sure he will spend his entire summer on his new job alongside his best friend Takashi Sakuma, until their mutual friend Natsuki Shinohara storms in and asks Kenji to accompany her to her family's house on her summer vacation. Soon, Kenji finds himself in the center of a massive family, surrounded by interesting members including a strong willed but quickly aging grandmother, a prodigal son who shares Kenji's interest in technology, and the reigning champion of the Oz battle game area, who may be younger than Kenji expected. But what really shocks Kenji out of his comfort zone is learning that Natsuki's true motive for bringing him along is to pretend he's her fiancé. But as Kenji is dealing with his own drama, Oz is under attack by a new kind of virus. Soon, Kenji must enlist the entire Shinohara family, along with his own mathematical skills, to clear his name, save Oz, and stop a security compromise that could have very serious affects on the real world. Produced by Madhouse, known for the 2006 film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and directed by Mamoru Hosoda, Summer Wars is part family drama and part science fiction. The film has received awards both in its native country of Japan (including the 2010 Japan Media Arts Festival's Animation Division Grand Prize) and in the international film circle (including the Anaheim International Film Festival's Audience Award for Best Animated Feature.)

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In the not too distant future, the internet as humanity knows it has been drawn into a new kind of social networking system. Oz is a virtual wonderland where users can not only chat, play games, and interact, but also shop, have business meetings, and even handle government related tasks. High school student Kenji Koiso works a summer job as a moderator in the Oz community, using his mathematical skills to run maintenance checks on the complex system. Kenji is sure he will spend his entire summer on his new job alongside his best friend Takashi Sakuma, until their mutual friend Natsuki Shinohara storms in and asks Kenji to accompany her to her family's house on her summer vacation.

Soon, Kenji finds himself in the center of a massive family, surrounded by interesting members including a strong willed but quickly aging grandmother, a prodigal son who shares Kenji's interest in technology, and the reigning champion of the Oz battle game area, who may be younger than Kenji expected. But what really shocks Kenji out of his comfort zone is learning that Natsuki's true motive for bringing him along is to pretend he's her fiancé.

But as Kenji is dealing with his own drama, Oz is under attack by a new kind of virus. Soon, Kenji must enlist the entire Shinohara family, along with his own mathematical skills, to clear his name, save Oz, and stop a security compromise that could have very serious affects on the real world.

Produced by Madhouse, known for the 2006 film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and directed by Mamoru Hosoda, Summer Wars is part family drama and part science fiction. The film has received awards both in its native country of Japan (including the 2010 Japan Media Arts Festival's Animation Division Grand Prize) and in the international film circle (including the Anaheim International Film Festival's Audience Award for Best Animated Feature.)

  • Release Date
    2009
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    1 hr 49 min
  • Language
    Japanese
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (29,187)
  • Metascore
    63