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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charlotte
... Bob Harris
Akiko Takeshita ... Ms. Kawasaki
Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe ... Press Agent
Kazuko Shibata ... Press Agent
Take ... Press Agent
Ryuichiro Baba ... Concierge
Akira Yamaguchi ... Bellboy
... Jazz Singer
... Sausalito Piano (as Francois du Bois)
Tim Leffman ... Sausalito Guitar
... American Businessman #1
Richard Allen ... American Businessman #2
... John
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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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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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

The song in the arcade where the young boy is playing guitar is by the Japanese punk band "The Blue Hearts". See more »

Goofs

During the still photo shoot, the photographer asks Harris to pause so he can change films. The assistant can be seen sliding the lightproof cover into the film magazine on the back of the camera, and then immediately removing the sliding cover, all without actually changing films or magazines. 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 »

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Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.18 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

You Stepped Out of a Dream
(1940)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Catherine Lambert
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Sometimes the simplest stories make the best films

I went through an array of emotions and expressions watching this film; most of them centred around how bizarre I thought it was, yet it was like a good book I simply couldn't put down even if the film itself lived up to its title at times.

This is by far the best work Bill Murray has done, and it will be a pleasant surprise for many to see him find a new (to me, anyway) side to his ability as an actor. He captures the role with such precision that you don't realise this is the same guy who, dare I even mention it in the same breath, provided the voice of Garfield last year. You see a few traces of his characteristic smugness every once in a while, but by and large the Bill Murray you see is a lot more serious... and seriously damned good.

It's such a simple story... unhappy married man meets unhappy married woman in a place neither of them are familiar with, and suddenly realise that they're all the other has got at least for the time being. In an age where Hollywood is trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to scare and shock us with something new at every turn, Sofia Coppola takes what should be the premise for a typical chick flick and turns it into something that anyone who has ever experienced an emotion of any description can watch and appreciate.

A brilliant film in any language.


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