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Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) are two Americans in Tokyo. Bob is a movie star in town to shoot a whiskey commercial, while Charlotte is a young woman tagging along with her workaholic photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi). Unable to sleep, Bob and Charlotte cross paths one night in the luxury hotel bar. This chance meeting soon becomes a surprising friendship. Charlotte and Bob venture through Tokyo, having often hilarious encounters with its citizens, and ultimately discover a new belief in life's possibilities. Shot entirely on location in Japan, Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation is a valentine to the nature of close friendships and to the city of Tokyo. Ms. Coppola's film, from her original screenplay, contemplates the unexpected connections we make that might not last - yet stay with us forever.
Like a good dream, Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation envelops you with an aura of fantastic light, moody sound, head-turning love, and a feeling of déjà vu, even though you've probably never been to this neon-fused version of Tokyo. Certainly Bob Harris has not. The 50-ish actor has signed on for big money shooting whiskey ads instead of doing something good for his career or his long-distance family. Jetlagged, helplessly lost with his Japanese-speaking director, and out of sync with the metropolis, Harris (Bill Murray, never better) befriends the married but lovelorn 25-year-old Charlotte (played with heaps of poise by 18-year-old Scarlett Johansson). Even before her photographer husband all but abandons her, she is adrift like Harris but in a total entrapment of youth. How Charlotte and Bill discover they are soul mates will be cherished for years to come. Written and directed by Coppola (The Virgin Suicides), the film is far more atmospheric than plot-driven: we whiz through Tokyo parties, karaoke bars, and odd nightlife, always ending up in the impossibly posh hotel where the two are staying. The wisps of bittersweet loneliness of Bill and Charlotte are handled smartly and romantically, but unlike modern studio films, this isn't a May-November fling film. Surely and steadily, the film ends on a much-talked-about grace note, which may burn some, yet awards film lovers who "always had Paris" with another cinematic destination of the heart. --Doug Thomas
SD only from a MacBook sucks. I will be purchasing all movies from iTunes going forward. Hope you enjoyed my revenue stream while you had it.Published 16 days ago by Randall Eckhardt
Love this movie! It doesn't get enough credit for its brilliance. One of Murray's best performances.Published 1 month ago by B. MCGEE
The movie was filmed in the vertical high-rise megalopolis, Tokyo. Bill Murray arrived to a comity and decorous welcome from the Japanese who cordially rolled out the red-carpet, a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Don H.
I just came back from a trip to Japan so I thought this movie might be fun. I did get to see places that I saw on my trip, but that was the highlight of this movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Nakamura
Reminds me of Death of a Salesman. This is a very quiet yet stirring movie; the ending left me numb!Published 1 month ago by MC
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Excellent news. I will happily be double dipping on this one. :)
Aug 29, 2010 by Dave Mailloux | See all 23 posts
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watched the video in question, and at first i thought "oh, just the setting is the same" but then the shots of the people laying on the bed and sitting on the window happened, and i think it is safe to say that sofia coppola or lance acord or somebody else must've seen the video. good...
Dec 27, 2009 by John M. Backstrom III | See all 2 posts