Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Sofia Coppola (2003)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Is this really the same Bill Murray who spent decades making broad comedies such as Ghost Busters and Stripes for the world's adolescents? You'd never guess from his delicately restrained and masterful performance in Sofia Coppola's marvellous follow-up to her debut movie, The Virgin Suicides. He stars as world-weary film actor Bob Harris, who's reluctantly staying in Japan to make a whisky commercial. There he meets and begins to fall in love with an unhappily married younger woman, played by Scarlett Johansson. She is equally as good as the woman trapped in a loveless marriage, and Coppola - rapidly revealing herself to be as talented as her father, Francis, and winning an Oscar for her screenplay - wisely underpins the bittersweet soul-searching with a healthy dose of humour that includes a stand-out scene featuring an overly energetic prostitute. By expertly using the neon-drenched backdrop of night-time Tokyo as an alien landscape against which the couple delicately explore each other's ambiguous feelings, this talented young director has produced a sad, funny, magical and almost irresistibly moving experience.


A lonely and past-his-prime American actor travels to Japan to film a commercial. During a depressing night in the hotel bar, he meets a spirited younger woman and the pair strike up a close friendship, exploring Tokyo and helping each other face the mundanities of everyday life. Sofia Coppola's comedy drama, starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Giovanni Ribisi.

Cast & Crew

Bob Harris Bill Murray
Charlotte Scarlett Johansson
John Giovanni Ribisi
Kelly Anna Faris
Charlie Fumihiro Hayashi
Jazz singer Catherine Lambert
Ms Kawasaki Akiko Takeshita
Press agent Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe
Press agent Kazuko Shibata
Press agent Take
Concierge Ryuichiro Baba
Bellboy Akira Yamaguchi
Director Sofia Coppola
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Brief nudityAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Jan 2004
Drama Comedy