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NOMINEE - BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
ASIAN PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS


"Superb! Awesome!"
- Los Angeles Times

"Epic! Hallucinatory! Breathtaking!"
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"A stunning mixture of hand-drawn and CGI visuals in an endlessly colorful world filled with grotesque, razor-sharp toothed avatars.

Its thematic ambition and dazzling visual style ultimately make it one of the more rewarding anime efforts to reach these shores!"

- Hollywood Reporter

"Visually ravishing! Sheer pictorial magic!"
- Boston Globe

"Four stars!
A kick-ass synthesis of traditional hand-drawn scenes and fluid, rainbow-explosive CG artistry!"

- Time Out New York

"A whirlwind of a film!
Further proof Japan does grown-up children's stories
better than the United States!"

- New York Times

"Spectacular! Visionary!
Mind-Bending! Staggering!"

- Variety

“The dazzling fluency of motion and untethered brilliance of invention makes the usual fantasy anime look childish and dull!"
- Japan Times

“Dazzling! Gorgeous! Richly detailed and beautifully written!
Hosoda is the best storyteller working within the animated
medium in Japan - and possibly the world!"

- Todd Brown, Twitch

“Four stars!
Brilliant, thoughtful, and lavish!
Deserves a place in the anime pantheon of classics!"

- SF Examiner


SUMMER WARS
Animation, Mamoru Hosoda, Japan, 2009
In English, or In Japanese with English subtitles

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.

For more booking information, please contact:
Dave Jesteadt, GKIDS
dave@gkids.com, 212-528-0500





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