The Embassy of Japan in collaboration with the ANU Japan Centre, ANU Japan Institute and with the support of the Japan Foundation presents an Evening of Japanese Anime.
A free screening of the 2009 animated SF film Summer Wars 『サマーウォーズ』directed by Mamoru Hosada will be introduced by Dr Carol Hayes, senior lecturer at the ANU Japan Centre.
Rated PG, the 114 Minute film will be screened in Japanese with English Subtitles.
From the director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Summer Wars is the story of how a teenage geek and an ordinary family manage to avert an impending cyber Armageddon! Shy 17 year-old maths wiz Kenji Koiso is easily enticed away from his summer job coding patches for the dazzling all-pervasive virtual world of Oz, when offered some 'arubaito' (part-time work) by gorgeous final year student Natsuki Shinohara. Kenji soon discovers that his job is to play the role of Natsuki's boyfriend to her enormous extended family at the ancient family estate for her grandmother's 90th birthday. Solving a cryptic maths puzzle that mysteriously arrives as a late-night email, Kenji unwittingly unleashes the "Love Machine", a vicious rogue AI intent on using the virtual world to destroy the real - absorbing avatars, disabling electronics, disrupting traffic networks and invading military systems. So Kenji must negotiate Natsuki's enormous family in two worlds - the real and the cyber - and with their help find a way of restoring the social order the both worlds.
Specialising in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and cultural production, Dr Carol Hayes is a senior lecturer in the Japanese language, literature and cultural studies at the Japan Centre, ANU.
For more information on this event contact the Information and Cultural Section of the Embassy of Japan, Canberra.
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