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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?


Giovanni Ribisi and Scarlett Johanssen both have twin siblings. Giovanni a sister and Scarlett a brother. 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

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


Referenced in Big in Japan: Lost in Translation (2009) See more »


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Written by Mount Sims (as Matt Sims)
Performed by Mount Sims
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A masterpiece about the mood and states of the characters
5 March 2006 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

It is not easy to talk about "Lost in Translation". Sofia Coppola's second film as a director is in part about things we never talk about. While its two protagonists try to find mutual solace in each other, their silence is as expressive as their words. This is a film that believes that an individual can have a valuable relationship with someone else without becoming part of that person's life. At 19 years of age, I am not married but I can understand pretty well that it is easier for a stranger with whom you share a moment in the bar or corridor to understand your problems better than your husband or wife. Here is an extract from Roger Ebert's great review of the film: "We all need to talk about metaphysics, but those who know us well want details and specifics; strangers allow us to operate more vaguely on a cosmic scale. When the talk occurs between two people who could plausibly have sex together, it gathers a special charge: you can only say "I feel like I've known you for years" to someone you have not known for years."

In this marvellous story, the two lonely individuals that merge the illusions of what they have and what they could have are two Americans. The emotional refuge, Tokyo. We have Bob Harris (Bill Murray), and actor in his fifties who was once a star, and is now supplementing his incomes with the recording of a whisky commercial. On the other side of the telephone, a frightening reality: his wife, his sons, and the mission of choosing the right material for heaven knows what part of the house. When we consider Bob's situation, we realise that Lost in Translation is also a meditation on the misery of fame. Certainly fame has great (perhaps greater than disadvantages) advantages but then there are the obligations, the expectations...

We also have Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), a woman in her twenties who is accompanying her husband, a photographer addicted to work, on a business trip. But it could said it is as if she is alone anyway. Her world, just like Bob's, is reduced to strange days in the bedroom, the corridors, the hotel's swimming pool, and the bar, the perfect destination for victims of sleeplessness and wounded soul. The bar is the place Bob and Charlotte meet for the first time. They talk, little, but just enough. Once their dislike for parts of their lives are established, they begin sharing times that feel dead to be able to feel alive.

Bob and Charlotte are souls in transition for whom, surrounded and confused by exotic rituals, and a different language, allows them a moment to lose their identities. Both characters provoke similar feelings form different experiences. There are no kisses or crazy nights between them, but only a shared intimacy in which a night out, a walk in the streets, a session of karaoke becomes a powerful expression of their affection an complicity. The relationship we all await only happens in our minds and the protagonists, whom we are not allowed to know everything they say and desire. Tokyo metaphorically speaking is the third character in the film. The bright colours, the noise of the city...just everything evokes the various spiritual awakenings of the characters.

It ends on a perfect note leaving the relationship of the characters undecided. A rare gem in modern day cinema.

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