If you’ve seen Mamoru Hosoda’s hit movie Summer Wars, you’ll probably be familiar with the traditional Japanese game with hanafuda cards, Koi Koi, that features heavily in the climax of the movie. But have you ever wondered how to play it? To commemorate the re-release of Summer Wars in our premium Hosoda Collection line (now with a 52-page artbook full of interviews and behind-the-scenes specials about the film!) we’re teaching you how to play this classic game!
Check out our Rules infographic below—or download our printable guide so that you always have it for reference when you’re playing the game!
You can buy hanafuda cards online or at many Japanese culture specialty shops. We also recommend this Flash game if you’re looking to try the game out or get some practice!
And for your reference, here’s part of the major scene in Summer Wars, where you can see how the game plays out:
Don’t forget to pre-order the Summer Wars Hosoda Collection release—pre-order by 11/22 and you’ll be entered to win a full size theatrical poster signed by Kenji’s English voice actor, Michael Sinterniklaas!