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Festival Review: Samâ wôzu (Summer Wars) (2009)

Summer Wars proposes a not-so-far-off future in which a large amount of business, commerce, and entertainment takes place within a digital world called OZ. Users conduct transactions, interact with friends, and play games through personalized avatars, and many people are able to do their jobs through it. When awkward math whiz Kenji is enlisted by the popular Natsuki to pose as her boyfriend for her great-grandma’s birthday celebration in the country, he finds himself entwined in family dramas big and small. Shortly after his arrival, a major hack in the OZ system causes catastrophic breakdowns in several areas of Japan’s infrastructure, and Kenji teams up with Natsuki and her family members to try to reclaim stability in both real-life and computer realms.