I just finished watching the totally whacked out anime movie called Summer Wars. It’s total unrealistic and totally hilarious! It’s got some great characters too. I knew it was going to be good because it’s directed by Mamoru Hosoda director of The Girl Who Leapt Though Time, which, as we all know, is really good. Anyway, this movie is crazy! It’s about this wealthy Japanese family meeting at this really gorgeous Japanese Mansion. I mean this house is nice! To give you an example, the family of about 25 people is eating on tatami mats at a really long wooden table and the entire wall is open to the outside to a beautiful scene of green grass and blue sky. It’s one of those fun times when the whole family gets together with kids running around etc. But what makes this story crazy is the fact that everyone lives in cyberspace on a platform called OZ which is kinda like a 3d Facebook or Hi Def version of Second Life. A hacker by the name of Love Machine (Yes, that’s right – Love Machine!) attacks OZ causing havoc on all the systems that depend on it, which just happens to be street lights, banks, space probes etc. You get the idea, just about everything. No worries though, because it just so happens that certain people at the family gathering are the perfect people to stop it. That’s all I’m going to say without spoiling it. The plot is crazy but the characters are fun and there are lots of laughs. It has lots of “hackers” like scenes that are cool but totally unrealistic, whatever realistic is (see second clip). It does make you think though about the vulnerability of our world to cyber attacks. Check out the trailer:
Here is a really fun clip of a hacker showdown that should give you a sense of the flavor of the film:
Here is another hilarious clip!
Summer Wars is a 2009 Japanese animated science fiction film directed by Mamoru Hosoda, animated by Madhouse and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. 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. Hosoda and writer Satoko Okudera conceived a story about a social network and a stranger’s connection with a family. Summer Wars premiered in Japan on August 1, 2009. It won several awards such as the 2010 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, the 2010 Japan Media Arts Festival’s Animation Division Grand Prize, the Anaheim International Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Animated Feature.