7.8/10
357,814
1,876 user 271 critic

Lost in Translation (2003)

R | | Drama | 3 October 2003 (USA)
Trailer
2:15 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Director:

Writer:

Popularity
1,109 ( 75)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 97 wins & 127 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Her (2013)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

Director: Spike Jonze
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s.

Director: Sofia Coppola
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston
Somewhere (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.

Director: Sofia Coppola
Stars: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius
Juno (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze
Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates
Edit

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)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

3 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Perdidos en Tokio  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

George Price considers this one of the top 20 films in honor of the Oscars. See more »

Goofs

The script has some transposition fun with the supposed absence of the 'R' sound in Japanese. This is incorrect, the 'R' sound is absent in Chinese, the 'L' sound is absent in Japanese. 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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in That Mitchell and Webb Look: Episode #2.1 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Atmosphere
(1992)
Written by Francesco Santucci, Antonello Vannucchi, Giorgio Rosciglione, and Giovanni Cristiani
Courtesy of Promusic, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sterile and pretentious
15 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

Are you familiar with the agony of having to confront most of your friends with your (very) negative assessment of a movie everyone loves? It never hit me so hard as with Lost in Translation, a sad monument to vanity and contempt. Two aspects of that film made it particularly unpleasant: the use of clichés, and the very poor tailoring of scenes.

I suppose the foggy poetry of the title explains the distance with which everything is filmed, and the particularly painful impression that everything taking place on the screen is in fact happening behind a bullet-proof window. Every time something a little significant threatens to occur (physical or verbal contact between the two main characters, a twist in the plot...), the scene is cut short. Now I very well understand that this may be considered a rather clever technique, and I can appreciate the understated aesthetics of it all, but this is going too far, and turns into a farce: we're asked to PRETEND that something meaningful is taking place between the scenes, or inside the character's heads. What a fraud.

Now back to the multitude of clichés that are used throughout the movie, particularly to depict the Japanese, cultural and everyday Japan, but also show-business relationships, what happens after 20 years of marriage, expatriates, the shallow side of young and successful Americans, etc. This is a feature that many people commended, arguing that it was a rather subtle, elegant and ironic treatment of the issue of cultural shock in particular and inter-cultural contact in general. I only see contempt for the world at large, a very crude perception and rendering of other human beings, and a terribly self-indulgent narration technique. No effort of understanding each snapshot, nor any attempt to brush an overall picture: what was the point?!

All in all, I did not enjoy this movie. Except during the very rare moments of humor ("for relaxing time, make it Suntory time"), it was not pleasant at all to watch. 1/10


63 of 97 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 1,876 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial