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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The BB-gun the angry bartender used to drive out Bob, Charlotte and Charlotte's friends is an Airsoft MP5 with a Tokyo-Marui tracer adapter, firing plastic phosphor-luminescent BBs. The adapter's strobe light makes the BBs glow. See more »


When Bob is on the phone to Lydia after he gets back from karaoke, she tells him that the kids are eating breakfast and she needs to get them off to school. In reality, the earliest it could be is 11 am on the west coast (when not during daylight savings) if it's 4 a.m. in Japan. This is too late for breakfast if the children are heading to school. 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

At the end of the closing credits, Hiromix (Hiromi Toshikawa), seen throughout most of the party sequence, waves to the camera. See more »


Referenced in Royal Pains: Lawson Translation (2013) See more »


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Written and Performed by Phoenix
Courtesy of Source/Virgin France
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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18 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A lot of my friends told me the movie was dull and had no story line. However, i thought it was a moving story about love and relationships and life in general. I believe if people watched the movie they'd like it more for the subtle brilliance that prevails. The roles played by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson performed flawlessly with enough emotion as necessary. It will now be one of my favourite films though not action - packed it is a masterpiece of emotion and through the use of clever cinematography enthrals the viewer. I would suggest this is more of a chick flick though I'm sure most men will understand the true emotion of the film.

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