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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 <>

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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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In the amusement arcade where Charlotte watches the boy playing the electric guitar game, a man in a red baseball cap walks away from the camera behind the boy. In the next shot (reverse angle) the man is seen playing an arcade game using an infrared gun. 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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At the end of the closing credits, Hiromix (Hiromi Toshikawa), seen throughout most of the party sequence, waves to the camera. See more »


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Sometimes the simplest stories make the best films
11 March 2005 | by (Sandusky, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I went through an array of emotions and expressions watching this film; most of them centred around how bizarre I thought it was, yet it was like a good book I simply couldn't put down even if the film itself lived up to its title at times.

This is by far the best work Bill Murray has done, and it will be a pleasant surprise for many to see him find a new (to me, anyway) side to his ability as an actor. He captures the role with such precision that you don't realise this is the same guy who, dare I even mention it in the same breath, provided the voice of Garfield last year. You see a few traces of his characteristic smugness every once in a while, but by and large the Bill Murray you see is a lot more serious... and seriously damned good.

It's such a simple story... unhappy married man meets unhappy married woman in a place neither of them are familiar with, and suddenly realise that they're all the other has got at least for the time being. In an age where Hollywood is trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to scare and shock us with something new at every turn, Sofia Coppola takes what should be the premise for a typical chick flick and turns it into something that anyone who has ever experienced an emotion of any description can watch and appreciate.

A brilliant film in any language.

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