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Lost in Translation -- Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson star in this flat-out hilarious film about two Americans who develop a surprising friendship while venturing through Tokyo.
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.
Lost in Translation -- Clip: You are my favorite photographer
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.
Lost in Translation -- Clip: Lip My Stocking


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Writer (WGA):
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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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  (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)
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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)
Keizo Shukuzaki .... unit manager
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
Keizo Shukuzaki .... key location manager
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
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Rated R for some sexual content
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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

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The opening shot of Scarlett Johansson is actually influenced by a painting by John Kacere, whose painting shows up later in the hotel.See more »
Errors in geography: In the scene where Charlotte arrives at Shibuya Crossing, the camera shot from her point of view suggests she is crossing away from Shibuya Station, viewing the dinosaur on the jumbo-tron across the street. In the shots where we actually see her crossing the street, however, she is instead walking towards the station.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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139 out of 181 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece about the mood and states of the characters, 5 March 2006
Author: Kevin.O.F ( from Spain

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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