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Lost on Location: Behind the Scenes of 'Lost in Translation' (2004)

A curious closer look to the filming of Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" A behind the scenes short film that takes the audience to follow the cast and crew through some of the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Lance Acord ... Himself
K.K. Barrett ... Himself
Eva Canrera Eva Canrera ... Herself
Roman Coppola ... Himself
Sofia Coppola ... Herself
Shu Fujimoto Shu Fujimoto ... Himself
Callum Greene Callum Greene ... Himself
Stephanie Hayman Stephanie Hayman ... Herself
Kiyoshi Inoue Kiyoshi Inoue ... Himself
Scarlett Johansson ... Herself
Spike Jonze ... Himself
Ross Katz ... Himself
Takahide Kawakami Takahide Kawakami ... Himself
Brian Kobo Brian Kobo ... Himself
Drew Kunin Drew Kunin ... Himself


A curious closer look to the filming of Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" A behind the scenes short film that takes the audience to follow the cast and crew through some of the locations in Japan, sharing great moments together despite a tight schedule; filming through loud and crowded streets; the eminence of a typhoon during one of their very first days of shooting and other minor problems. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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3 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A wonderfully sensitive and creative movie
12 June 2005 | by flprleeSee all my reviews

I loved this movie.! I am very impressed with Ms Coppola's direction and think she was very sensitive to her Japanese experience. As a "Japanophile", I found it very interesting to see modern day Tokyo. (I would so love to go there and probably never will.)

I also liked the contrast between the 2 main American protagonists (Charlotte and Harris) and the Japanese culture that is shown in the movie. Coppola captured such a quiet, pensive feeling of the actors in the elegant hotel suffering jet lag and insomnia. Then contrasting that with the manic shots in the video arcades, the busy streets, the crazy TV guest appearance, the parties, etc.

And I particularly love the scene in the hospital when Murray is "talking" with the old Japanese fellow and the ladies in the back are trying so hard not to laugh, but can't help themselves. Japenese humor is so different from ours, but this scene seems to be more universal.

I do wonder why she used the Chinese pronunciation "LIP" in the hilarious scene with the Japanese call girl. The Japanese cannot say L and pronounce it like R, while the Chinese cannot say R and pronounce it like L! Just opposite of what she did. (That was the first thing I learned in beginning Japanese class.)

The scenes of visiting the temples in Kyoto were particularly beautiful. Some great cinematography there. The Japanese wedding party and the couple were filmed so lovingly.

My husband and I have seen this movie (on cable) at least 7 times, and always enjoy it. We find new things in it every time...one of our criteria for a really good film. Looking forward to her next one!

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