Summer Wars

  • Year:2009
  • Rating:M
  • Director:Mamoru Hosoda
  • Cast:Maeghan Albach, Greg Ayres, Chris Ayres
  • Release Date:February 16, 2011
  • Distributor:Madman
  • The Film:4.0
  • The Disc:2.0

“…arrives on Blu-ray with a spectacular looking transfer that pops with colour and depth…”

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After cutting his animation chops in the cult anime series Digimon and One Piece, Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda returns to feature length animation with the award winning Summer Wars, the follow up to his critically acclaimed The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Hosoda has never been one to shy away from nostalgia and in Summer Wars he manages to create an emotive juxtaposition between technology, virtual realities and ordinary family and community values, made all the more poignant after recent events in Japan. The world Hosoda creates is one controlled by a virtual online space known as Oz, a place where social networking and business is conducted under the blind faith of unknown security protocols.

Kenji, a moderator and math genius finds himself ousted as a cyber terrorist and hacker after he innocently solves a mysterious equation sent to him by text. With the support of his close friend Natsuki, who cons the reluctant hero into posing as her fiancé, Kenji sets about clearing his name and unraveling the conspiracies of Oz before the effects felt in the virtual realm transcend into the real world.

Summer Wars arrives on Blu-ray with a spectacular looking transfer that pops with colour and depth, bringing clarity to the superb art of both the real and virtual worlds of Nagano and Oz.

As for extras, unfortunately Summer Wars is graced with a mere spattering of trailers and interviews from the Japanese voice cast.

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