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Lost in Translation (2003)

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

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Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe ...
Press Agent
Kazuko Shibata ...
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Press Agent
Ryuichiro Baba ...
Concierge
Akira Yamaguchi ...
Bellboy
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Jazz Singer
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Sausalito Piano (as Francois du Bois)
Tim Leffman ...
Sausalito Guitar
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Richard Allen ...
American Businessman #2
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Diamond Yukai ...
Commercial Director (as Yutaka Tadokoro)
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Storyline

Middle-aged American movie star Bob Harris is in Tokyo to film a personal endorsement Suntory whiskey ad solely for the Japanese market. He is past his movie star prime, but his name and image still have enough cachet for him to have gotten this lucrative $2 million job. He has an unsatisfying home life where his wife Lydia follows him wherever he goes - in the form of messages and faxes - for him to deal with the minutiae of their everyday lives, while she stays at home to look after their kids. Staying at the same upscale hotel is fellow American, twenty-something recent Yale Philosophy graduate Charlotte, her husband John, an entertainment still photographer, who is on assignment in Japan. As such, she is largely left to her own devices in the city, especially when his job takes him out of Tokyo. Both Bob and Charlotte are feeling lost by their current situations, which are not helped by the cultural barriers they feel in Tokyo, those cultural barriers extending far beyond just not... Written by Huggo

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Sometimes you have to go halfway around the world to come full circle See more »

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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

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$925,087, 14 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,585,453

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,723,856
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Trivia

Giovanni Ribisi and Scarlett Johanssen both have fraternal twin siblings. Giovanni a sister, and Scarlett a brother. See more »

Goofs

When Bob lies alone near the beginning of the movie (just before he gets a fax), the clock reads 4:20 in a close-up shot. At the end of the following long-distance shot, the clock is blurry, but clearly changes (probably to 4:21). In the following shots, it's back to 4:20. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Ut (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Scarborough Fair/Canticle
(1966)
Written by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel (as Arthur Garfunkel)
Performed by Catherine Lambert
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I think I know why this dreadful movie was acclaimed.
15 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

I'm probably wrong, but honestly I can only think of one reason that critics and the movie industry seemed to love this tediious, contrived, and artlessly racist movie: Bill Murray.

Here's the basis of my theory (and please forgive the name-dropping, it's required to make my point): Celebrities are spotted quite often in New York. I've bumped into Harrison Ford on Madison Avenue, dined near Nicole Kidman , seen Uma Thurman browse jazz records and (separately) Ethan Hawke knock back neat whiskeys. Etc., etc. But in thirty years, only once have I ever seen a celebrity actually cause a stir—and not a stir among the general public, but among waiters at a very upscale restaurant, where celebrities are commonplace.

It was Bill Murray. I was waiting for a friend, and happened to occupy a barstool that was near both the waiters' station and Murray's booth. The waiters were actually arguing over which of them got to fill his water glass next. They were neglecting other patrons. They were whispering and giggling. They were thrilled.

The point is: Everybody loves Bill Murray. I've never seen a bad review of him, and let's face it, he's no Laurence Olivier. He's made some real clinkers (Zissou, Where the Buffalo Roam, Quick Change, Charlie's Angels, Get Smart), but he seems to float above them, a cynical, comical everyman that nobody hates.

If his "Lost in Translation" character had been played by anyone else—say, Kurt Russell or Michael Keaton or Jeff Bridges (they're all about the same age, and all have comic/dramatic range)-- I suspect critics would have treated "Lost in T" the way they treated, say, "3000 Miles to Graceland" or "Jack Frost" or "Nadine." In other words, they would have had the courage to say, This film is atrocious.

The moral: If you've got a dull, callow screenplay and a name like Coppola that'll get you funding, hire Bill Murray


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