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  Summer WarsSummer WarsThe film poster shows a boy and a girl standing next to each other. Behind them is a group of people, televisions and a boat. In the background is partly cloudy sky and grassy hills and at the top is the tagline. The middle has the four lead actors and credits, and the bottom contains the film's name and a list of the character designer and director's previous works, as well as the theme song performer.Theatrical release posterDirected by Mamoru HosodaProduced by Nozomu Takahashi Takuya Ito Takashi Watanabe Yuichiro SaitoScreenplay by Satoko OkuderaStory by Mamoru HosodaStarring Ryunosuke Kamiki Nanami Sakuraba Mitsuki Tanimura Sumiko FujiMusic by Akihiko MatsumotoCinematography Yukihiro MatsumotoEdited by Shigeru NishiyamaProductioncompanyMadhouseDistributed by Warner Bros. PicturesRelease date August 1, 2009Running time114 minutes[1]Country JapanLanguage JapaneseBox office US$18.4 million[2]Summer Wars (Japanese: ??????? Hepburn: Sama Wozu?) is a 2009 Japanese animated science fiction film directed by Mamoru Hosoda, animated by Madhouse and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film's voice cast includes Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura, Sumiko Fuji and Ayumu Saito. The film tells the story of Kenji Koiso, a timid eleventh-grade math genius who is taken to Ueda by twelfth-grade student Natsuki Shinohara to celebrate her great-grandmother's 90th birthday. However, he is falsely implicated in the hacking of a virtual world by a sadistic artificial intelligence named Love Machine. Kenji must repair the damage done to it and find a way to stop the rogue computer program from causing any further damage.After producing The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Madhouse was asked to produce something new. Hosoda and writer Satoko Okudera conceived a story about a social network and a stranger's connection with a family. The real-life city of Ueda was chosen as the setting for Summer Wars, as part of the territory was once gover  ned by the Sanada clan and was close to Hosoda's birthplace in Toyama. Hosoda used the clan as the basis for the Jinnouchi family after visiting his then-fiancé's home in Ueda.Production of Summer Wars commenced in 2006. Art director Youji Takeshige incorporated Japanese houses into his background designs. Hosoda also insisted that 80 family members were to be included as main characters. The project was first announced at the 2008 Tokyo International Anime Fair and the first trailer of the film was released in April 2009. Audience interest was fueled primarily through word of mouth and Internet publicity.[3] A manga adaptation of the film was written by Iqura Sugimoto and began its serialization in July 2009.Summer Wars premiered in Japan on August 1, 2009. It grossed over US$1 million in its opening weekend in 127 theaters and ranked No. 7 at the box office. The film was well received by critics and the general audience and was financially successful, earning $18 million worldwide. It won several awards such as the 2010 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year,[4] the 2010 Japan Media Arts Festival's Animation Division Grand Prize, the Anaheim International Film Festival's Audience Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for the 2009 Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival.[5]Contents 1 Plot 2 Voice cast 3 Production 3.1 Development 3.2 Music 3.2.1 Soundtrack 3.2.2 Bokura no Natsu no Yume 4 Release 4.1 Marketing 4.2 Screenings and release 4.3 Television 5 Reception 5.1 Critical response 5.2 Box office performance 5.3 Home media 5.4 Awards and nominations 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksPlotKenji Koiso (Ryunosuke Kamiki) is a young student at Kuonji High School with a gift for mathematics and a part-time moderator in the massive computer-simulated virtual reality world OZ along with his friend Takashi Sakuma (Takahiro Yokokawa).One day, Kenji is invited by fellow Kuonji student Natsuki Shinohara (Nanami Sakuraba) to participate in the 90th birthday of her great-grandmother Sakae Jinnouchi (Sumiko Fuji). After traveling to Sakae's estate in Ueda, Natsuki introduces Kenji as her fiancé to Sakae, surprising them both. Kenji meets several of Natsuki's relatives and discovers that the Jinnouchis are descendants of a samurai (vassal of the Takeda clan) who challenged the Tokugawa clan in 1615. He also meets Wabisuke Jinnouchi (Ayumu Saito), Natsuki's half-great-uncle and a computer expert who has been living in the United States since stealing the family fortune 10 years ago.  Kenji receives an e-mail with a mathematical code and cracks it. Love Machine, an artificial intelligence written by Wabisuke, uses Kenji's account and avatar to hack the infrastructure, causing widespread damage. Kenji, Sakuma, and Natsuki's cousin Kazuma Ikezawa (Mitsuki Tanimura) confront Love Machine. Love Machine defeats Kazuma's avatar King Kazma and continues to consume accounts in the OZ mainframe, creating catastrophic traffic congestion and disabling electrical devices. Two of Sakae's relatives, Rika (Sakiko Tamagawa) and Shota Jinnouchi (Yutaka Shimizu), discover Kenji's involvement. Shota arrests Kenji, but the congestion causes Natsuki to return them to the estate.Sakae calls associates in important positions in Japanese society and relatives who work in emergency services, encouraging them to work their hardest to reduce chaos and damage, comparing the situation to war. Kenji is able to return control of the mainframe to the moderators and engineers. Sakuma informs Kenji that he was not responsible for the panic as he misspelled the last part of the code. Everything returns to normal by the late afternoon, but Wabisuke explains to the entire family that he sold the program to the United States Armed Forces for a test run. After an argument with Sakae, Wabisuke leaves the estate. Sakae later encourages Kenji to take care of Natsuki during a Koi-Koi match.The next morning, Sakae is discovered dead by Kenji and the Jinnouchis. Her youngest son Mansaku (Tadashi Nakamura) explains that she had angina, and that Love Machine had deactivated her heart monitor. Kenji, Sakuma, and most of the Jinnouchis initiate a plan to defeat Love Machine with a supercomputer using ice blocks as a coolant, while Natsuki and the others prepare a funeral for Sakae.Kenji, along with Sakuma and the others, capture Love Machine, but Shota carries the ice blocks to Sakae's body, causing the supercomputer to overheat. Love Machine consumes King Kazma and redirects the Arawashi Asteroid Probe onto a collision course with a nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, Natsuki discovers a will left by Sakae and reunites with Kenji and the rest of the group. Natsuki has Wabisuke return home before the family reads Sakae's will, asking them to bring Wabisuke back to their lives. Realizing that Love Machine sees everything as a game, Kenji has the Jinnouchis confront Love Machine to play Koi-Koi in OZ's casino world, wagering their accounts in a desperate attempt to stop Love Machine. Natsuki wins several rounds, but gets distracted and nearly loses her winnings .However, OZ users worldwide enter their own accounts into the wager on Natsuki's side, which also prompts the guardian programs of OZ  the blue and red whales known as John and Yoko  to upgrade Natsuki's account. Natsuki wagers the 150 million avatars given to her in a single hand and critically damages Love Machine, prompting the artificial intelligence to redirect the Arawashi towards Sakae's estate. Kenji attempts to break into the probe's GPS, while Wabisuke disables Love Machine's defenses. After being revived and assisted by several of the Jinnouchi family's avatars, King Kazma destroys Love Machine. Kenji activates the GPS code to redirect the Arawashi away from the estate, destroying the estate's entrance and causing a geyser to erupt. In the aftermath, the Jinnouchi family, celebrating their victory as well as Sakae's birthday, has Natsuki kiss Kenji after they confess their love to each other.Voice castCharacter Japanese[6] English[7]Kenji Koiso (?? ?? Koiso Kenji?) Ryunosuke Kamiki Michael SinterniklaasA math-savvy 17-year-old high school student and a moderator of the interactive computer world OZ along with his close friend Takashi Sakuma. Kenji is less skilled in dealing with people. Kenji is invited by his friend Natsuki Shinohara for Sakae Jinnouchi's 90th birthday. After receiving a cryptic code on his cell phone and cracking it, he becomes a primary suspect for hacking into OZ.Natsuki Shinohara (?? ?? Shinohara Natsuki?) Nanami Sakuraba Brina Palencia  A spirited 18-year-old high school student and a close friend of Kenji Koiso. She hires Kenji to meet her large extended family for her great-grandmother Sakae Jinnouchi's 90th birthday.Kazuma Ikezawa (?? ??? Ikezawa Kazuma?) Mitsuki Tanimura Maxey WhiteheadThe 13-year-old second cousin of Natsuki Shinohara. His avatar is King Kazma, a renowned program in OZ. Kazuma is also a hikikomori who seldom leaves his room and uses his talents to win every game in OZ. When he is not in his room he trains in Shorinji Kempo with his grandfather, Mansuke Jinnouchi.Sakae Jinnouchi (?? ? Jinnouchi Sakae?) Sumiko Fuji Pam DoughertyThe 89-to-90-year-old great grandmother of Natsuki Shinohara and indomitable head of the Jinnouchi family. Despite her advanced age she holds the family together. She also has connections in the highest ranks of political and financial circles.Wabisuke Jinnouchi (?? ?? Jinnouchi Wabisuke?) Ayumu Saito J. Michael TatumA handsome and sardonic 41-year-old computer expert, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and the half-granduncle of Natsuki Shinohara. Naomi Miwa refers to him as Natsuki's first love. He is the illegitimate son of Natsuki's great grandfather, Tokue. He was adopted by Sakae Jinnouchi, whom Wabisuke cares for deeply.Takashi Sakuma (??? ? Sakuma Takashi?) Takahiro Yokokawa Todd HaberkornA 17-year-old fellow moderator of OZ and close friend of Kenji Koiso.Yukiko Shinohara (?? ?? Shinohara Yukiko?) Kiyomi Tanigawa Anastasia MuñozThe 47-year-old mother of Natsuki Shinohara.Kazuo Shinohara (?? ?? Shinohara Kazuo?) Mutsumi Sasaki Bill JenkinsThe 55-year-old father of Natsuki Shinohara. Kazuo works as a member of Tokyo's water department.Mariko Jinnouchi (?? ??? Jinnouchi Mariko?) Mieko Nobusawa Shelley Calene-BlackThe 71-year-old daughter of Sakae Jinnouchi who works as a housewife.Riichi Jinnouchi (?? ?? Jinnouchi Riichi?) Takuya Kirimoto Chuck HuberThe 41-year-old son of Mariko Jinnouchi. Riichi is a member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and is stationed in Camp Ichigaya.Rika Jinnouchi (?? ?? Jinnouchi Rika?) Sakiko Tamagawa Cynthia CranzThe 42-year-old daughter of Mariko Jinnouchi. She works as an agent of the city's government.Mansuke Jinnouchi (?? ?? Jinnouchi Mansuke?) Ichiro Nagai John SwaseyThe 70-year-old middle son of Sakae Jinnouchi. Mansuke is an owner of a local fish market. Along with his grandson Kazuma Ikezawa, he trains in Shorinji Kempo.Tasuke Jinnouchi (?? ?? Jinnouchi Tasuke?) Takashi Kobayashi John BurgmeierThe 45-year-old son of Mansuke Jinnouchi. Tasuke works as a shopkeeper of an electronics store.Shota Jinnouchi (?? ?? Jinnouchi Shota?) Yutaka Shimizu Mike McFarlandThe 21-year-old son of Tasuke Jinnouchi. Shota is a police officer. He is extremely protective of Natsuki Shinohara.Naomi Miwa (?? ?? Miwa Naomi?) Kaori Yamagata Lydia MackayThe 42-year-old eldest daughter of Mansuke Jinnouchi who is divorced.Kiyomi Ikezawa (?? ?? Ikezawa Kiyomi?) Tagame Tamura Jennifer SemanThe 39-year-old youngest daughter of Mansuke Jinnouchi and mother of Kazuma Ikezawa. Kiyomi is a care worker based in Nagoya. Throughout the film, she is pregnant with Kazuma's sister.Mansaku Jinnouchi (?? ?? Jinnouchi Mansaku?) Tadashi Nakamura Barry YandellThe 68-year-old youngest son of Sakae Jinnouchi. Mansaku monitors Sakae's health problems.Yorihiko Jinnouchi (?? ?? Jinnouchi Yorihiko?) Yoji Tanaka Robert McCollumThe 45-year-old eldest son of Mansaku Jinnouchi. Yorihiko works as an EMT in Mat
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