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Lost in Translation [HD DVD] (2003)

Bill Murray , Scarlett Johansson , Sofia Coppola  |  R |  HD DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,024 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris
  • Directors: Sofia Coppola
  • Writers: Sofia Coppola
  • Producers: Sofia Coppola, Ross Katz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,024 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O179FE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,699 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lost in Translation [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Lost on Location
  • Matthews Best Hit TV
  • Kevin Shields' "City Girl" Music Video
  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Conversation with Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com

    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

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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.

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    999 of 1,121 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Days, Lonely Nights November 13, 2003
    Bill Murray is Bob Harris, a once popular American actor who now, in his middle-age, has found more acceptance and money from the people of Japan than from his own country. He arrives at a prestigious hotel in Tokyo and is given a royal treatment by his greeters and hosts. He is by himself in the land of the rising sun, his wife and kids having stayed behing in the US while he travels across the globe to do some liquor commercials. This Tokyo excursion will take about a week, and the monetary reward will be quite handsome. Contrast this with Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), who is at the same hotel tagging along with her photographer husband, John (Giovanni Ribisi), as he does a multiple-day photo shoot. John is at work most of the time, and so Charlotte is by herself at the hotel, her attempts to keep from being bored proving fruitless. Both Bob and Charlotte are married people, but they are also very lonely people, and that is what "Lost In Translation" is all about.
    Bob and Charlotte catch glimpses of one another at different places in the hotel, and finally decide to converse in earnest at the hotel bar. The entire plot of the film is about these two people getting to know each other. The story revolves around them. In fact, the story *is* them. Bob, in his early-fifties, is old enough to be Charlotte's dad, but that doesn't matter here. It's not about age. It's about the place, and the points that each of these people are at in their lives. Bob loves his children very much, but we do not sense he feels the same for his wife. We hear her on the phone when she calls him, and the same weary sentiment seems to flow from her voice. They are becoming a couple in name only. Then there's Charlotte & John. Both are young, and both are self-possessed.
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    190 of 214 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for grown-ups October 18, 2004
    Format:DVD
    This movie is slow paced. However I didn't find it boring at all. I loved the scenery and the small glimpses into everyday Japanese life, all meshed together with this love story of two people brought together by loneliness and uncertainty, with a musical soundtrack that brings out the best in all of it.

    After watching this film, the first thing that sprang to my mind was that I'm so glad I don't rely on Amazon reviewers to make a decision about whether I am going to see a film or not. That's almost as dumb as asking a fifteen year old to sit through it and not go crazy or pass out. This film is too mature, dealing with grown-up questions, situations and problems that the kiddies here have yet to grasp.

    Bill Murray's character is going through a midlife crisis; Scarlet Johansen's is tormented that she cannot seem to discover her purpose in life. Both are trapped in a place where they know no one, and understand nothing. They gravitate to one another and fall into a kind of love that is very unique, but also not at all uncommon under the circumstances. They don't pursue it physically, because they live in a real world with real consequences and have to respect the promises they made to people they both still love.

    No kid fresh out of tenth grade will ever be able to comprehend these emotions... no wonder most of these reviews are from people who were bored stiff. "No sex? No violence? This movie SUCKS", seems to be the way it works with these Amazon reviews.

    Too bad. Maybe when they all grow up they'll get it. I recommend this movie to grown ups who like minimalist dramas and romantic comedies. If you're expecting a samurai to jump out with a sword, pass this movie up. This film is about human emotions.
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    91 of 102 people found the following review helpful
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    I saw Translation for the first time and liked it, but didn't really know what they saw in the movie that was so beyond-belief spectacular. But alas, I believe that every movie deserves a second chance, so recently I sat down and experienced director Sophia Coppola's Lost In Translation again.
    Lost in Translation tells the story of Bob Harris (Bill Murray in a role tailor-made, if not even Heaven-sent for him), an American movie star that comes to Tokyo to film a whiskey commerical for which he will be paid 2 million bucks. Staying in the same Tokyo hotel is Charlotte (Scarlett Johanssen, radiant and mature at only 18), a newlywed tagging along with her rock photographer husband, John (a typically awkward Giovanni Ribisi). Along the way, Charlotte and Bob run into each other and begin a 'brief encounter' that profoundly affects them both.
    When the movie hits you right, it's a pure pleasure from its unassuming start (a beautifully lit shot up Johanssen's underwear-clothed behind) to its ambiguous but meaningful ending. It begins as a comedy of culture clash, Harris sarcastic and confused at the Japanese when entering his hotel, and even more befuddled in a hilarious scene where he shoots the whiskey commercial. Coppola delivers Bob into her movie with the impression that it'll be all about him, but Charlotte enters the story, and we're never quite the same. Scarlett Johanssen plays Charlotte with just the right amount of emotion that her initially morose and soul-searching character doesn't seem silly. At one point, she tearfully admits over the phone, "I don't know who I married." Bob, on the other hand, seems to have it made, but Murray lets a current of loneliness run across that memorable face.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Scarlett Johannson is amazing
    great movie and Bill Murray at his best.
    Published 2 days ago by jim blankenship
    1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like it.
    I didn't like the slowness and lack of character involvement. it was simply lackluster.
    Published 11 days ago by L. Brown
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A++++
    Published 11 days ago by John Lodin
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love the understatedness of this story about what makes a ...
    I love the understatedness of this story about what makes a life successful. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johanssen, who are at different ends of the life continuum, develop an... Read more
    Published 21 days ago by B. Harvey
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
    This is such a love story.
    Published 21 days ago by Jessica
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lets Never come here again...Because it'd never be as much fun.
    Lost in Translation is an Excellent film however it wont be for everyone there will be certain people that just wont get it or will be too impatient to let the story progress,what... Read more
    Published 25 days ago by Edward Rivera
    5.0 out of 5 stars Moving
    I was utterly and completely moved by this film.

    I first watched it my freshman year of college, alone in my dorm room because I had nothing better to do on a Sunday... Read more
    Published 26 days ago by Alexis Morgan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie must see very different
    Scarlett Johansson is very good in this movie Bill Murray is a hoot I highly recommend it and funny and reasonably priced
    Published 1 month ago by Jean Fey
    3.0 out of 5 stars Concise and True
    An American melodrama set in East Asia. Funny boy and sweet girl lingering around and away from Home, hoping to find a spark in a generational romance. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Canaan Bellinghausen
    5.0 out of 5 stars underated
    perfect cast, Sofia Coppola won an Academy Award for this riotous look at aspects of Japan, and the friendship of Bill and Scarlett. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Paul Peabody
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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...
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