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Lost in Translation -- A movie star with a sense of emptiness, and a neglected newlywed meet up as strangers in Tokyo, Japan and form an unlikely bond.
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Lost in Translation -- A movie star with a sense of emptiness, and a neglected newlywed meet up as strangers in Tokyo, Japan and form an unlikely bond.
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Writer (WGA):
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3 October 2003 (USA) See more »
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A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Filmed in Tokyo, with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, one of the better movies I've seen in a while. See more (1810 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Scarlett Johansson ... Charlotte

Bill Murray ... Bob Harris
Akiko Takeshita ... Ms. Kawasaki
Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe ... Press Agent
Kazuko Shibata ... Press Agent
Take ... Press Agent
Ryuichiro Baba ... Concierge
Akira Yamaguchi ... Bellboy

Catherine Lambert ... Jazz Singer

François du Bois ... Sausalito Piano (as Francois du Bois)
Tim Leffman ... Sausalito Guitar

Gregory Pekar ... American Businessman #1
Richard Allen ... American Businessman #2

Giovanni Ribisi ... John
Daiamondo Yukai ... Commercial Director (as Yutaka Tadokoro)
Jun Maki ... Suntory Client
Nao Asuka ... Premium Fantasy Woman
Tetsuro Naka ... Stills Photographer
Kanako Nakazato ... Make-Up Person
Fumihiro Hayashi ... Charlie
Hiroko Kawasaki ... Hiroko
Daikon ... Bambie

Anna Faris ... Kelly
Asuka Shimuzu ... Kelly's Translator
Ikuko Takahashi ... Ikebana Instructor
Koichi Tanaka ... Bartender, NY Bar
Hugo Codaro ... Aerobics Instructor
Akiko Monô ... P Chan
Akimitsu Naruyama ... French Japanese Nightclub Patron
Hiroshi Kawashima ... Bartender, Nightclub
Hiromi Toshikawa ... Hiromix (as Hiromix)
Nobuhiko Kitamura ... Nobu
Nao Kitman ... Nao
Akira ... Hans
Kunichi Nomura ... Kun
Yasuhiko Hattori ... Charlie's Friend
Shigekazu Aida ... Mr. Valentine
Kazuo Yamada ... Hospital Receptionist
Akira Motomura ... Old Man
Osamu Shigematu ... Doctor
Takashi Fujii ... TV Host (as Mathew Minami)

Kei Takyo ... TV Translator
Ryo Kondo ... Politician
Yumi Ikeda ... Politician's Aide
Yumika Saki ... Politician's Aide
Yuji Okabe ... Politician's Aide
Dietrich Bollmann ... German Hotel Guest

Georg O.P. Eschert ... German Hotel Guest

Mark Willms ... Carl West

Lisle Wilkerson ... Sexy Businesswoman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nancy Steiner ... Lydia Harris (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Sofia Coppola 
Writing credits
Sofia Coppola (written by)

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Sofia Coppola .... producer
Mitch Glazer .... associate producer
Callum Greene .... line producer
Kiyoshi Inoue .... line producer: Japan
Ross Katz .... producer
Fred Roos .... executive producer
Stephen Schible .... co-producer
Original Music by
Kevin Shields 
Cinematography by
Lance Acord (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sarah Flack 
Production Design by
K.K. Barrett 
Anne Ross 
Art Direction by
Mayumi Tomita 
Rika Nakanishi (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Towako Kuwashima  (as Towako Kuwajima)
Tomomi Nishio 
Costume Design by
Nancy Steiner 
Makeup Department
Akemi .... hair stylist
Akemi .... makeup artist
Fukushi Kawata .... assistant hair/makeup
Morag Ross .... key hair stylist
Morag Ross .... key makeup artist
Yoko Sato .... assistant hair/makeup
Production Management
Anthony Katagas .... production supervisor (as Anthony G. Katagas)
Keizô Shukuzaki .... unit manager (as Keizo Shukuzaki)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roman Coppola .... additional director: additional Japan unit
Shu Fujimoto .... second second assistant director
Hiroya Igawa .... chief assistant director
Motonobu Kato .... second second assistant director
Takahide Kawakami .... first assistant director
Taiichi Sugiyama .... second assistant director
Art Department
Chie Che .... assistant property master
Tomiko Ishiyama .... assistant set decorator
Takahiro Kikuchi .... additional assistant set decorator
Momoko Nakamura .... assistant art director
Rika Nakanishi .... art department coordinator
Hitomi Nimura .... assistant set decorator
Ryo Nobuka .... additional assistant set decorator
Keisuke Sakurai .... property master
Ryo Sugimoto .... assistant art director
Toru Takahashi .... leadman
Michelle Tomaszewski .... assistant designer
Sound Department
Dawn Angel .... mix facility support
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
George Berndt .... additional adr editor
David A. Cohen .... adr editor (as David Cohen)
David A. Cohen .... dialogue editor
Ethan Derner .... mix facility support
Matthew Hartman .... sound intern
Glenn Kasprzycki .... sound recordist
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Robert Knox .... re-recording supervisor
Drew Kunin .... production sound mixer
James Levine .... mix facility coordinator
Everett Moore .... assistant sound editor
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Jory K. Prum .... foley recordist
Brian Sarvis .... re-recording engineer
Julia Shirar .... sound effects editor
Kira Smith .... boom operator
Kent Sparling .... re-recording mixer
Daniel Sperry .... sound engineer: Dolby (as Dan Sperry)
Howard Stein .... mix facilities management: American Zoetrope
William Storkson .... foley supervisor
Deborah Wallach .... additional adr editor
Gene Radzik .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Travis Dutch .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Robert Rowles .... video I/O (uncredited)
Hirofumi Nakase .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Lance Acord .... camera operator
Yoshio Ishikawa .... first best boy electrician
Takuro Ishizaka .... second assistant camera
Anne Joyce .... camera operator: karaoke (as Anne Rice)
Takeshi Kagami .... electrician
Michiaki Kamochi .... second best boy electric
Akira Kanno .... best boy grip
Yasushi Miyata .... additional second assistant camera
Takuji Murata .... camera loader
Masayuki Nishimura .... electrician
Yoshio Sato .... still photographer
Satoshi Tsuyuki .... key grip
Nobuko Uranishi .... additional first assistant camera
Yuji Wada .... gaffer
Mark Williams .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Daiki Chiba .... casting assistant
Stephanie Hayman .... additional casting: Japan
Ryôichi Kondô .... casting: Japan (as Ryoichi Kondo)
Hiroto Nakagaki .... casting assistant
Miwa Sakaguchi .... casting production assistant
Hauko Sone .... casting assistant
Akira Yamaguchi .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anita Louise Brown .... wardrobe supervisor (as Anita Brown)
Noriko Hattori .... wardrobe supervisor: Kyoto
Masae Sakurai .... set costumer
Haruka Takahashi .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Kim Aubry .... post-production: American Zoetrope
Susan Finch .... additional assistant editor
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer
Jamie Kirkpatrick .... assistant editor
Jennifer Letterman .... editing facilities: Red Car Post
Yuji Oshige .... video editor: karaoke
Howard Shur .... clip editor: TV
Heidi Zellner .... negative matcher: West Coast Editorial
Jen Choi .... editorial intern (uncredited)
Music Department
Richard Beggs .... music editor
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. .... composer: additional music
Jill Meyers .... music clearances
Brian Reitzell .... composer: additional music
Brian Reitzell .... music producer
Brian Reitzell .... music supervisor
William Storkson .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Akira Ebata .... driver
Eiji Fujii .... driver
Kiyotaka Inagaki .... driver
Sakae Kaminaka .... driver
Osamu Sasaki .... additional driver
Tomoo Senuma .... driver
Yuki Shimizu .... additional driver
Minoru Tsuruno .... driver
Other crew
Hitoshi Abe .... office production assistant
Tony Adrid .... shipping: JASA Logistics
Mikiko Anzai .... location coordinator
Ashley Bearden .... product placement coordinator
Susan H. Bodine .... legal services: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz and Weinstein
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... legal services: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz and Weinstein (as Andrea Cannistraci)
Shari Chertok .... researcher
Alison Cohen .... legal services: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz and Weinstein (as Alison S. Cohen)
Blake Crawford .... stand-in: Mr. Murray
Maureen Duffy .... completion bond: Film Finances Inc.
Anita Ekberg .... film clip: "La Dolce vita" courtesy of (as Ms. Anita Ekberg)
Jonathan Ferrantelli .... assistant: Ross Katz
John B. Finn .... production accountant: USA (as John Finn)
Hirohito Gotou .... bilingual assistant
Hiroshi Harada .... key set production assistant
George T. Hayum .... legal services: Armstrong Hirsch Jackoway Tyerman & Wertheimer
Susan Hebert .... assistant: Sofia Coppola
Koji Hirano .... set production assistant
Ai Ichiki .... assistant production office coordinator
Sayuri Kanamori .... assistant: Giovanni Ribisi and Anna Faris
Takuya Kaneko .... assistant location manager
Hiroko Kawasaki .... production consultant
Masashi Kitasato .... film clip: Chillsphere 001 Flow courtesy of
Brian Kobo .... bilingual coordinator
Tomoko Kojima .... assistant: Natsuko Nezu
Kiyoshi Kurokawa .... location manager: Kyoto
Masako Matsumura .... assistant production office coordinator
Ross Miller .... insurance: Dennis Reiff & Associates
Eriko Miyagawa .... bilingual assistant
Taro Miyake .... office production assistant
Atsushi Naito .... production attorney: Japan (as Atsushi Naito Esq.)
Katumi Nakane .... bilingual assistant
Natsuko Nezu .... production accountant: Japan
Kimiko Onishi .... script translator
Angela Panetta .... stand-in: Ms. Johansson
Bennett Pozil .... production financing: Natexis Banques Populaires
Dennis Reiff .... insurance: Dennis Reiff & Associates
Tomohiko Seki .... set production assistant
Yumiko Sekiguchi .... bilingual assistant
Tsutomu Shimada .... film clip: Chillsphere 001 Flow courtesy of
Kazuko Shingyoku .... production office coordinator
Keizô Shukuzaki .... key location manager (as Keizo Shukuzaki)
Naoki Takagi .... assistant: Scarlett Johansson
Yoko Takeuchi .... bilingual assistant
Koichi Tanaka .... assistant: Bill Murray
Kumi Tanaka .... assistant: Bill Murray
Greg Trattner .... completion bond: Film Finances Inc.
Barry Tyerman .... legal services: Armstrong Hirsch Jackoway Tyerman & Wertheimer (as Barry W. Tyerman)
Maremi Watanabe .... office production assistant
Kurt Woolner .... completion bond: Film Finances Inc.
Masahiro Yoshikawa .... production coordinator
Alison Cohen .... production counsel (uncredited)
Shannon Lail .... production executive: Zoetrope (uncredited)
Joey Cruz Manalang .... liaison (uncredited)
Kara Mazzola .... assistant: Fred Roos (uncredited)
Tony Muro .... publicist (uncredited)
Kai Nuuhiwa .... swim coach (uncredited)
Rima Acord .... thanks
Wes Anderson .... thanks
Eleanor Coppola .... thanks (as Mom)
Francis Ford Coppola .... thanks (as Dad)
Roman Coppola .... thanks (as Roman)
Joe Dapello .... thanks
Takashi Fujii .... thanks (as Mathew Minami)
Hiroshi Fujiwara .... thanks: Park Hyatt Tokyo
Aya Furuse .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Janet Grillo .... thanks
Josh Hartnett .... thanks
Susan Hebert .... thanks
Hiroko .... thanks
Yosuke Imataki .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Spike Jonze .... thanks (as Spike)
Hidesuke Kataoka .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Tadahito Kawada .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Anton Kawasaki .... thanks
Nobuhiko Kitamura .... thanks
Kozo Komurasaki .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Hiroshi Kunimasa .... thanks
Helmut Lang .... thanks
Pat Lucas .... thanks
John Lydon .... thanks
Kelly Lynch .... thanks
Tatsuya Matsui .... thanks
Shin'ichi Matsumoto .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Lorne Michaels .... thanks
Peter Miles .... thanks
Damon Murray .... thanks
Masatoshi Nagase .... thanks
Christopher Neil .... thanks (as Chris Neil)
Shinji Nishigaki .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Hiroaki Nishimura .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Nobuaki Okaji .... thanks: Park Hyatt Tokyo
Akihiko Okamoto .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Akira Okano .... thanks
Keanu Reeves .... thanks
Brad Rosenberger .... thanks
David O. Russell .... thanks (as David Russell)
Yuji Sadai .... thanks
Toshihide Saitô .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Greta Seacat .... thanks (as Gretta Seacat)
Tomoaki Shiono .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Eddie Simon .... thanks
Paul Simon .... thanks
Stephen Sorrell .... thanks
Erwin Stoff .... thanks
Anna Sui .... thanks
Jack Sullivan .... thanks
Masaki Takahashi .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Toshinari Takahashi .... thanks
Jean Touitou .... thanks
Tsukasa .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Yukio Tsutsumimoto .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Jessica Tuchinsky .... thanks
Bart Walker .... thanks
Kate Waters .... thanks
Takao Yamamoto .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Takuo Yasuda .... thanks
Tetsurou Yoshida .... thanks
Minako Yoshii .... thanks: Mathew's Best Hit TV
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for some sexual content
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta) | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-11 | Germany:6 (bw) | Greece:K | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:14 | Iceland:L | Indonesia:Dewasa | Italy:T | Malaysia:18PL (re-rating) | Malaysia:(Banned) (uncut version) | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:PG | Norway:A | Peru:PT | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG (edited for re-rating) | Singapore:R(A) (original rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:12 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:15 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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247 out of 339 people found the following review useful.
Filmed in Tokyo, with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, one of the better movies I've seen in a while., 7 February 2004
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

For anyone who wants a synopsis of this movie, the critics Ebert and Berardinelli have excellent, complete reviews of 'Lost in Translation', and they both give it their highest ratings.

My wife and I saw it tonight on DVD, with DTS 5.1 sound and both think it is a remarkable movie. I like Bill Murray in just about everything, and this will go down as one of his strongest performances, as Bob, the actor in Japan for a week doing whisky commercials. Scarlett Johansson plays Charlotte, the young wife virtually abandoned in the city to do her own thing as her photographer husband (Ribisi) goes to various locations for shoots.

What I liked most was the realistic feel. Being in a strange city, with unusual customs and a language you have no hope of understanding. Meeting someone who because of circumstances (age, marital status) will only ever be a friend. Being able to talk freely. Reflecting on where we've been and where we might be going. Many of the negative comments about this movie relate to an impression that it is 'boring.' I'll put on my 'maturity hat' and state that anyone who thinks 'Lost In Translation' is boring simply was not able, at least while they watched it, appreciate the inner beauty of this movie.

The scene that made the whole story come together for me was when they were in one of their hotel rooms (doesn't matter which), overhead shot, they were in bed talking, fully clothed, he is on his back staring at the ceiling, she is on her side, eyes probably closed, the tips of her feet barely touching the side of his leg, and he moves his hand and puts it on her feet. Then the scene fades to black. It is the kind of tender, non-sexual touch that tells us how close they have become, and that theirs is a relationship of mutual trust and admiration, not one of lust.

People like Bob and Charlotte really exist, and they really do meet up in very similar situations. After a week, they must go their separate ways, he to his family and activities of his kids, she to wait for her husband and figure out how to get out of the rut. We sense that he does not love her they way she needs, and we wonder what will happen.

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