DVD 102 mins IMDB 7.9 (60,427 votes) top 250: #244
Lost in Translation
Focus Features (2003)
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(2005 )
Comedy, Drama, Romance
USA  /  English

Scarlett Johansson Charlotte
Bill Murray Bob Harris
Akiko Takeshita Ms. Kawasaki
Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe Press Agent
Kazuko Shibata Press Agent
Take Press Agent
Ryuichiro Baba Concierge
Akira Yamaguchi Bellboy
Catherine Lambert Jazz Singer
François du Bois Sausalito Piano
Giovanni Ribisi John
Anna Faris Kelly
Fumihiro Hayashi Charlie
Tim Leffman Sausalito Guitar
Gregory Pekar American Businessman #1
Richard Allen American Businessman #2
Diamond Yukai Commercial Director (as Yutaka Tadokoro)

Director Sofia Coppola
Producer Sofia Coppola; Ross Katz
Writer Sofia Coppola
Cinematography Lance Acord
Musician Jean-Benoît Dunckel; Jason Falkner; Nicolas Godin; Roger Joseph Manning Jr.; Brian Reitzell; Bryan Mills; Kevin Shields; Justin Stanley
User Credit 1 Sarah Flack
User Credit 2 Nancy Steiner

After making a striking directorial debut with her screen adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola offers a story of love and friendship blooming under unlikely circumstances in this comedy drama. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is a well-known American actor whose career has gone into a tailspin; needing work, he takes a very large fee to appear in a commercial for Japanese whiskey to be shot in Tokyo. Feeling no small degree of culture shock in Japan, Bob spends most of his non-working hours at his hotel, where he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) at the bar. Twentysomething Charlotte is married to John (Giovanni Ribisi), a successful photographer who is in Tokyo on an assignment, leaving her to while away her time while he works. Beyond their shared bemusement and confusion with the sights and sounds of contemporary Tokyo, Bob and Charlotte share a similar dissatisfaction with their lives; the spark has gone out of Bob's marriage, and he's become disillusioned with his career. Meanwhile, Charlotte is puzzled with how much John has changed in their two years of marriage, while she's been unable to launch a creative career of her own. Bob and Charlotte become fast friends, and as they explore Tokyo, they begin to wonder if their sudden friendship might be growing into something more. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 025192395727
Region Region 1
Release Date 2/8/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Some sexual content.
User Text 2 Everyone wants to be found.
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Trivia: Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola's father, urged her to shoot the movie in High Definition Video because "it's the future", but she chose film because "film feels more romantic". (more)

Goofs: Continuity: In the sushi restaurant, Charlotte's chopsticks repeatedly disappear and reappear between shots. (more)

Stills Photographer: Are you drinking, no?
Bob: Am I drinking? As soon as I'm done.

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 67 wins & 50 nominations (more)