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Lost in Translation

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2003
  • Sofia Coppola
  • 97 mins
  • 15

Summary

Romantic comedy drama starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. While in Tokyo to star in a lucrative commercial, jaded film actor Bob Harris meets the unhappy Charlotte, whose photographer husband is there on an assignment. Against the neon-lit landscape the two slowly begin to fall in love.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Bob HarrisBill Murray
CharlotteScarlett Johansson
JohnGiovanni Ribisi
KellyAnna Faris
CharlieFumihiro Hayashi
Jazz singerCatherine Lambert
Ms KawasakiAkiko Takeshita
Press agentKazuyoshi Minamimagoe
Press agentKazuko Shibata
Press agentTake
ConciergeRyuichiro Baba
BellboyAkira Yamaguchi

Crew

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DirectorSofia Coppola

Details

Theatrical distributor
Momentum Pictures
Released on
2004-01-09
Languages
English | German | Japanese | French
Guidance
Brief nudity
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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