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Lost in Translation (2003)

R  |   |  Drama  |  3 October 2003 (USA)
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A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akiko Takeshita ...
Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe ...
Press Agent
Kazuko Shibata ...
Press Agent
Take ...
Press Agent
Ryuichiro Baba ...
Akira Yamaguchi ...
Jazz Singer
Sausalito Piano (as Francois du Bois)
Tim Leffman ...
Sausalito Guitar
American Businessman #1
Richard Allen ...
American Businessman #2
Diamond Yukai ...
Commercial Director (as Yutaka Tadokoro)


Bob Harris is an American film actor, far past his prime. He visits Tokyo to appear in commercials, and he meets Charlotte, the young wife of a visiting photographer. Bored and weary, Bob and Charlotte make ideal if improbable traveling companions. Charlotte is looking for "her place in life," and Bob is tolerating a mediocre stateside marriage. Both separately and together, they live the experience of the American in Tokyo. Bob and Charlotte suffer both confusion and hilarity due to the cultural and language differences between themselves and the Japanese. As the relationship between Bob and Charlotte deepens, they come to the realization that their visits to Japan, and one another, must soon end. Or must they? Written by veloc <velo_00@yahoo.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Perdidos en Tokio  »

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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$925,087 (USA) (12 September 2003)


£9,865,162 (UK) (26 March 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The entire budget for the film was $4 million. It grossed $44.5 million in North America alone and $119.7 million world wide. See more »


The script has some transposition fun with the supposed absence of the 'R' sound in Japanese. This is incorrect, the 'R' sound is absent in Chinese, the 'L' sound is absent in Japanese. See more »


[first lines]
Ms. Kawasaki: Welcome to Tokyo.
Bob: Thank you very much.
Ms. Kawasaki: My name is Kawasaki. Nice to meet you.
Bob: I've heard of you. Thank you.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to Mom and Dad, Roman, Spike, Steph, Kun, Zoe and Xan, Robert and Stacey, Staff of Park Hyatt Tokyo.... See more »


Referenced in Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.22 (2015) See more »


Written by Kevin Shields
Performed by Kevin Shields
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6 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I used to think of what made a good movie, I would look at a movie from all aspects: direction, cinematography, editing, acting, story etc. The sum of all these parts make up the whole, and are also what lead me to my opinion of a film...

Then came Lost in Translation. The first time I watched this movie, I felt a strange sense of depression that lasted for a few days, but I couldn't put my finger on why. I watched it again and again, and felt the same way each time. I thought maybe it was because I have never traveled and would really like to, or that I have the desire to find the perfect woman in a strange world.

Whatever the case, I realized one thing. LOST IN TRANSLATION MADE ME THINK. It made me question my life, its purpose, whether I was happy or not, and what I want do with it. Never has a movie touched me in such a way, and for that reason, this is the one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. That doesn't mean its the best movie ever made, in fact, I can name many that are technically better than this film, like the one I named before. But I cannot name a movie that has had more effect on me than Lost in Translation, and that is why I love it and will love it forever.

Think of the last movie that really made you think, one that had such a great influence on you that it somehow changed your life, even for the littlest bit. That, to you, is a great movie...

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