Summer Wars

Summer Wars

A scene from SUMMER WARS, a film directed by Mamoru Hosoda. Picture courtesy GKIDS. All rights reserved.

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Summer Wars (2009/2010)

Also Known As: Sama Wozu

Opened: 12/03/2010 Limited

Siskel Film Ce...12/03/2010 - 12/08/20106 days
AMC Covina12/10/2010 - 12/16/20107 days
Opera Plaza Ci...12/24/2010 - 12/30/20107 days
IFC Center12/29/2010 - 01/13/201116 days
Sunset 5/LA01/07/2011 - 01/27/201121 days
Hollywood Thea...01/07/2011 - 01/16/201110 days

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Genre: Japanese Animated Sci-Fi (In Japanese w/English subtitles)

Rated: PG for action violence, some suggestive content, language, mild thematic material and incidental smoking.


Kenji is 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.

This intriguingly intelligent cyberpunk/sci-fi story is a visual tour-de-force, with the amazing world of Oz as the highlight. Like the Internet as conceived by pop artist Takashi Murakami, Oz is a hallucinatory pixel parade of cool avatar designs, kung fu jackrabbits, toothy bears, and a bursting rainbow of colors.