Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

DVD - 2003
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A middle-aged actor and the wife of a photographer meet while on business in Tokyo. They strike up an unusual friendship in the hotel bar that helps them both overcome boredom and loneliness.
Publisher: [Universal City, CA] : [distributed by] Universal, [2003]
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen (1.851)
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780783297804
0783297807
Branch Call Number: DVD LOST IN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: Soundtrack in English or French; optional French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned

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iloveseaotters
Sep 23, 2020

The first time I saw this movie, I absolutely fell in love with it. I don't like slow-moving stories and the fact that I love this one so much says a lot about the writing, directing and acting. It's not a very funny movie but it has just enough humor and great dialogue to make it interesting. I love the connection between these two lost souls.

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mJJLnk7
May 21, 2020

A big deal was made about the ending nobody heard. I have to rewatch it. Been a loooong time.

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N13m4nd
Apr 06, 2020

This is a low-key, quiet movie in which not a lot happens. A jaded movie star and a young woman who doesn't know what she wants to do with her life bond over the shared experience of living in a confusing foreign culture. These two charming fictional people are brought to life by the actual charm of Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, with Giovanni Ribisi and Anna Faris in supporting roles. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, daughter of renowned director Francis Ford Coppola, this movie stands on its own merits and is one of the few films I've liked enough to buy my own copy. Among the movie's other pleasures, watch the 2 background players crying tears of laughter as Murray passes the time with the elderly gentleman in the hospital waiting room. This delightful scene is enough to merit giving the movie a watch all by itself.

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peterofottawa
Jan 14, 2020

A very special film. You meet very few people in life who truely get you and they are seldom the people closest to you. The joy and pain of travel open up alternative possiblities, new perspectives, and personal introspection.

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margit_76
Feb 10, 2019

A bit esoteric and a tad too slow going for me

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oktexchic
Aug 28, 2018

I could not take the so slow pace. disappointed

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HerNoseInABookGal
Aug 25, 2018

Flawless! Acting, directing. I just love Bill MurrayThat face! omg! The sad clown. The writing, the directing and the chemistry between the two Johansson and Murray is aching, poignant. Now I want to go to Japan. I remember feeling just like Charlotte at twenty five. Lost and sad but not knowing why...

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WoodneathJenny
Aug 20, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I found it so endearing. The friendship that these two find is just exactly what they both needed at just exactly the right time.

ArapahoeJillA May 18, 2018

I must say that Lost In Translation is truly one of my very favorite movies of all time. Yes, it's slow moving, but I think that's one of the many things I love about it. The slowness counteracts the craziness of Japan - the fast moving pace of Tokyo seems to disappear as you watch the story of these two strangers. Scarlet and Bill have created a friendship that pulls me in every time I watch. Sofia's directing is amazing. She's made me fall in love with Japan and the dreams of a couple of strangers who I feel are now my friends.

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Crpalace68
Apr 28, 2018

I liked the movie, it made me feel good, I'm not sure why. It was endearing perhaps.

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Bob: "For relaxing times, make it Suntory time."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

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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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Bob: "Can you keep a secret? I'm trying to organize a prison break. I'm looking for, like, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or you out?" Charlotte: "I'm in. I'll go pack my stuff." Bob: "I hope that you've had enough to drink. It's going to take courage."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Charlotte: "I just don't know what I'm supposed to be." Bob: "You'll figure that out. The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Premium Fantasy woman: "Mr. Kazu sent me, premium fantasy. My stockings. Rip them. Rip my stockings. Yes, please, rip them." Bob: "What?" Premium Fantasy woman: "Rip them. HEY! Rip my stocking!" Bob: "Hey? Lip them? Lip them? What?"

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Premium Fantasy woman: "Oh Mr. Harris! Don't touch me! Mr. Bob Harris! Just rip my stocking!"

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Bob: "I was feeling tight in the shoulders and neck, so I called down and had a Shiatsu massage in my room..." Charlotte: "Mmm, that's nice!" Bob: "And the tightness has completely disappeared and been replaced by unbelievable pain."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Charlotte: "Why do they switch the R's and the L's here?" Bob: "Uh... for yuks, you know? Just to mix it up. They have to amuse themselves, 'cause we're not making them laugh."

Sunnchilde Sep 19, 2011

"Let's never come here again. Because it could never be this good."

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KHaney Mar 19, 2008

Bob Harris is an American film actor, far past his prime. He visits Tokyo to appear in commercials, and he meets Charlotte, the young wife of a visiting photographer. Bored and weary, Bob and Charlotte make ideal if improbable traveling companions. Charlotte is looking for "her place in life," and Bob is tolerating a mediocre stateside marriage. Both separately and together, they live the experience of the American in Tokyo. Bob and Charlotte suffer both confusion and hilarity due to the cultural and language differences between themselves and the Japanese. As the relationship between Bob and Charlotte deepens, they come to the realization that their visits to Japan, and one another, must soon end. Or must they?

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