From acclaimed animator/ director Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), comes the thrilling, and surprisingly touching, anime adventure, Summer Wars.
“Entertaining … dizzying … as thematically complex as it is visually stunning.” – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
Reflecting a dazzling array of influences, including Tron, Avatar and War Games, Summer Wars follows Kenji, a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job – passing himself off as Natsuki’s boyfriend for four days during her grandmother’s 90th birthday celebration. But when Kenji solves a 2,056 digit math riddle sent to his cell phone, he unwittingly breaches the security barricade protecting Oz, a globe-spanning virtual world where millions of people and governments interact through their avatars, handling everything from online shopping and traffic control to national defense and nuclear launch codes. Now a malicious AI program called the Love Machine is hijacking Oz accounts, growing exponentially more powerful and sowing chaos and destruction in its wake. Winner of the 2010 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. (Dir. by Mamoru Hosoda, 2009, Japan, in Japanese with English subtitles, 114 mins., Rated PG)