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    SUMMER WARS on UK DVD and Blu-ray

    DVD and Blu-ray cover art for the UK release of SUMMER WARS. Photo courtesy of The Associates. © 2009 Summer Wars Film Partners

    Japanese Academy Award-Winner Coming March 28th Source: The Associates press release Official Site: (Japan), (US)

    King Kazma battles the rogue AI program Love Machine. Photo courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. © 2009 Summer Wars Film Partners

    From Mamoru Hosoda, the visionary director of THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, comes a brand new, award winning animated feature, SUMMER WARS (Samaa Woozu, 2009), the story of an ordinary family forced to go to extraordinary lengths to avert an impending cyber-apocalypse. Described by Jonathan Clements (author of Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures In The Anime And Manga Trade) as “GHOST IN THE SHELL for the Facebook generation”, as a “contemporary romance for the Facebook generation... [that] rivals the work of Ghibli” (Tom Smith, Neo) and by Anime News Network as “a triumph… incredibly entertaining and intriguingly intelligent… pretty much perfect”, SUMMER WARS was the winner of 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 and was nominated for the prestigious Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

    Beautiful young Natsuki Shinhara drags high school nerd Kenji Koiso on a great adventure. Photo courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. © 2009 Summer Wars Film Partners<

    Kenji Koiso is your typical teenage misfit. He`s good at maths, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has until the hottest girl at school, Natsuki Shinhara, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiancé at a family reunion to celebrate her grandmother’s birthday. Things only get stranger from there. A late-night email containing a cryptic mathematical riddle leads to the unleashing of a rogue Artificial Intelligence agent intent on using the virtual word of OZ to destroy the real world. As true Armageddon looms on the horizon, Kenji and Natsuki’s family must set aside their differences and band together to save the worlds they inhabit, both real and virtual. “A near-perfect blend of social satire and science-fiction” (Anime News Network), “richly detailed and beautifully written” (Twitch), SUMMER WARS is “a superb example of Japanese anime… with an appeal beyond Japanese animation buffs” (The Los Angeles Times). SUMMER WARS (cert. 12) will be released on Region 2 PAL DVD (£17.99) and Blu-ray (£19.99) by Manga Entertainment on 28th March 2011. Special Features include: interview with director at Locarno (13 mins); stage greeting (20 mins); cast interview (25 mins); trailer (4 mins); teaser trailers; TV spots. Label: Manga Entertainment Release date: 28th March 2011 Release type: DVD, Blu-ray Certificate: 12 Running time: 114 minutes Pricing: £17.99, £19.99 Genre: Anime Director: Mamoru Hosoda

    Can love save two worlds? Photo courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment. © 2009 Summer Wars Film Partners

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