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Encyclopedia > Lost in Translation (film)
Lost in Translation
Directed by Sofia Coppola
Produced by Ross Katz
Sofia Coppola
Written by Sofia Coppola
Starring Bill Murray
Scarlett Johansson
Music by Brian Reitzell
Kevin Shields
Cinematography Lance Acord
Editing by Sarah Flack
Distributed by Focus Features
Release date(s) October 3, 2003
Running time 102 min.
Language English/Japanese
Budget $4,000,000
Gross revenue $44,566,004
IMDb profile

Lost in Translation is an Academy Award-winning 2003 comedy-drama film. It centers on Bob Harris (Bill Murray), an American movie star whose career (and seemingly, marriage) is in decline. The film joins him as he arrives in Tokyo, Japan to film a Suntory whisky commercial. Unfulfilled with the work, he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), a recent Yale philosophy graduate who is unsure of the direction she would like her life to take. She is married to a celebrity photographer (played by Giovanni Ribisi), and is in Japan to accompany her husband on work trip to take publicity photos for a female movie star, but has become bored and lonely due to her husband's preoccupation with work. Although both are married, Bob and Charlotte share a friendship that borders on unconsummated romance, while briefly exploring the cultural life of Tokyo and the surrounding area. The central focus of the film is on the two characters' feelings of alienation, not only with their immediate Japanese surroundings, but their own separate senses of alienation from those closest to them, and their uncertainty about the direction of their lives. The ending is deliberately ambiguous about whether they will continue their friendship when they return (separately) to America. Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American film director, actress, producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... Ross Katz (born May 19, 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American film producer. ... Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American film director, actress, producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American film director, actress, producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and BAFTA-winning American comedian and actor. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Kevin Shields (born Queens, New York City, USA on May 21, 1963) is a singer, guitarist, and producer who fronted the London-based band My Bloody Valentine in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... After studying photography and filmmaking at the San Francisco Arts Institute, Northern California native Lance Acord began his career with photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber. ... Focus Features is the art house films division of Universal Pictures, and acts as both a producer and distributor for its own films and a distrubutor for foreign films. ... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and BAFTA-winning American comedian and actor. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Suntory Limited ) is a Japanese brewing and distilling company. ... For other uses, see Whisky (disambiguation). ... // Advert redirects here. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... YALE (Yet Another Learning Environment) is an environment for machine learning experiments and data mining. ... Antonino Giovanni Ribisi (born December 17, 1974) is an American actor. ...


Superficially, Lost in Translation is a movie about culture shock. The film explores these themes against the background of the modern Japanese cityscape. The film is rated R in the United States, 15 in the United Kingdom, PG in Australia and PG in Canada. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


It was the second feature film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, after The Virgin Suicides. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Bill Murray, and Best Director for Sofia Coppola. Coppola won Best Original Screenplay. Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American film director, actress, producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... The Virgin Suicides is a 1999 film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... ©A.M.P.A.S.® The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to artists working in the motion picture industry. ... Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...

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Plot

Aging movie star Bob Harris (Bill Murray) has arrived in Tokyo to film a Suntory whisky advert (a reference to real-life Hollywood actors who do foreign celebrity advertising, including Sofia Coppola's father, Francis Ford Coppola, who did Suntory commercials with Akira Kurosawa during the filming of Kagemusha[1]). William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and BAFTA-winning American comedian and actor. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Suntory Limited ) is a Japanese brewing and distilling company. ... American cinema has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century. ... Foreign celebrity advertising is a popular form of advertising in parts of Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Kurosawa redirects here. ... Kagemusha ) is a 1980 film by Akira Kurosawa. ...


Charlotte (played by Scarlett Johansson) is the young wife of a celebrity photographer on assignment in Tokyo. Left behind by her husband when he goes to his photo shoots, she wonders about her future and about the man she has married. Bob's relationship with his wife of 25 years is clearly tired and lacking in romance, as revealed in his telephone calls back to the US. Bob and Charlotte, both lonely and directionless, meet in the bar of the hotel where they are both staying and strike up a friendship. The two explore Tokyo together, experiencing the differences between Japanese and American culture. The two grow close through their adventures and the time they spend together when neither can sleep. Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ...


On the penultimate night of his stay, Bob attracts the attention of the resident vocalist of the hotel bar. The next morning, Bob awakens to find this woman in his room and Charlotte waiting for him. The pair have a brief conflict when they later meet at a restaurant, seemingly over Bob's sleeping with this other woman. Later that night, during a fire alarm, they reconcile and express how they will miss each other.


On the morning of his departure, as Bob is in his taxi to the airport, he sees Charlotte on a crowded street. He asks his driver to stop, gets out, and pursues Charlotte. When he reaches her, the two face each other for a long moment and then embrace. Bob whispers in the tearful Charlotte's ear (something that was unscripted and which both the actors and Sofia Coppola have refused to disclose in interviews). However, the final scene between the two leaves the viewer to decide what is said between the two. Some fans and professionals (such as the BBC) have attempted to decipher the quote, but there is no consensus on what is said. After a kiss (also, apparently, unscripted), Bob and Charlotte part. The movie ends leaving a completely ambiguous answer to the question of whether their relationship will continue.


Locations

The bar featured throughout the film is the New York Bar, situated on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.[2] Other locations include the Heian Jingu shrine in Kyoto and the steps of the giant San-mon gate at Nanzen-ji. Categories: Wards of Tokyo | Japan geography stubs ... Categories: Shrines | Stub ... Categories: Stub | Buddhist temples ...


Lost in Translation

A scene in the film illustrates being "Lost in Translation" quite literally. Bob (Bill Murray), a Japanese director (Yutaka Tadokoro), and an interpreter (Takeshita) are on a set, filming the whisky commercial. The audience witnesses several exchanges in which the director speaks several long sentences, with passion, followed by a brief, pithy translation from the interpreter. The scene (like all the film's Japanese dialogue) is played without subtitles, so that viewers who do not speak Japanese feel quite as lost as Bob does. William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and BAFTA-winning American comedian and actor. ... Diamond Yukai (*Yutaka Tadokoro, 1962) is a rock singer and actor. ...

Bob: Does he want me to, to turn from the right or turn from the left?
Interpreter (in formal Japanese, to the director): He has prepared and is ready. And he wants to know, when the camera rolls, would you prefer that he turn to the left, or would you prefer that he turn to the right? And that is the kind of thing he would like to know, if you don't mind.
Director (very brusquely, in colloquial Japanese): Either way is fine. That kind of thing doesn't matter. We don't have time, Bob-san, O.K.? You need to hurry. Raise the tension. Look at the camera. Slowly, with passion. It's passion that we want. Do you understand?
Interpreter (In English, to Bob): Right side. And, uh, with intensity.
Bob: Is that everything? It seemed like he said quite a bit more than that.[3]

Honorific speech is speech which shows respect. ...

Reaction

Boosted by critical acclaim and audience word-of-mouth, this modest feature film (with only a $4 million budget) became a comparative box office hit, returning over $45M in receipts from the U.S. alone. Lost in Translation has been praised not only for Coppola's script and distinctive directing, but also for the work of Murray, who by many accounts gave the performance of his career.[4] Johansson also received notice for her strong performance. Overall, Roger Ebert gave the film four stars, describing it as "sweet and sad at the same time as it is sardonic and funny." USD redirects here. ... Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American film director, actress, producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and BAFTA-winning American comedian and actor. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


Some reviewers criticized the film's purposely vague ending, in which Coppola skirted the concept of denouement and left the conclusion entirely up to the opinions of viewers. For example, Noel Megahey of DVD Times considered this device a "cheat" on the audience and argued that the film was "equally as endearing as frustrating for viewers".[5] Denouement, in literature, is the end part of a story after the climax. ...


One of the most negative reviews came from Kiku Day – a reviewer for British newspaper The Guardian – who strongly criticized the movie for what she claimed was "anti-Japanese racism". The reviewer cited the film as an example of how Hollywood was, as she saw it, "the handmaiden to perpetuating the belief of the superiority of US cultural values over all others" and characterized director Coppola as "the thinking person's Sylvester Stallone".[6] For other uses, see Guardian. ... Sylvester Stallone (born Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone on July 6, 1946) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ...


Awards

Academy Awards record
1. Best Original Screenplay, Sofia Coppola
Golden Globe Awards record
1. Best Picture - Musical/Comedy
2. Best Actor - Musical/Comedy, Bill Murray
3. Best Screenplay, Sofia Coppola
BAFTA Awards record
1. Best Editing, Sarah Flack
2. Best Actor, Bill Murray
3. Best Actress, Scarlett Johansson
  • The film won Golden Globes for best musical or comedy motion picture, screenplay, and musical or comedy actor. It was also nominated for best director, and musical or comedy actress.
  • At the BAFTA film awards, the film won the best editing, actor and actress awards. It was also nominated for best film, director, original screenplay, music and cinematography.

Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American film director, actress, producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and BAFTA-winning American comedian and actor. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to directors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ... ©A.M.P.A.S.® The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to artists working in the motion picture industry. ... Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy has been awarded annually since 1952 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. ... For the main article see Golden Globe Awards. ... The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. ... Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture has been awarded annually since 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. ... The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1950. ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role has been presented to its winners since 1952 and actors of all nationalities are eligible to receive the award. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role has been presented to its winners since 1952 and actresses of all nationalities are eligible to receive the award. ... Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards were originally known as the FINDIE (Friends of Independents) Awards and presented winners with Plexiglas pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films. ...

Cast

  • Bill Murray as Bob Harris
  • Scarlett Johansson as Charlotte
  • Giovanni Ribisi as John
  • Anna Faris as Kelly
  • Fumihiro Hayashi as Charlie Brown[7]
  • Akiko Takeshita as Ms. Kawasaki
  • Catherine Lambert as the Jazz Singer
  • François Du Bois as the Pianist
  • Tim Leffman as the Guitarist
  • Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe as Press agent
  • Kazuko Shibata as Press agent
  • Take as Press agent
  • Ryuichiro Baba as Concierge
  • Takashi Fujii as TV host (as Matthew Minami)

William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and BAFTA-winning American comedian and actor. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Antonino Giovanni Ribisi (born December 17, 1974) is an American actor. ... Anna Kay Faris (born November 29, 1976 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.) is an American actress, best known for her leading role of Cindy Campbell in the Scary Movie films. ... Takashi Fujii Takashi Fujii (Japanese: 藤井隆, Fujii Takashi, born March 10, 1972 in Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese comedian and singer who belongs to the Japanese entertainment conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo and is the popular host of Matthews Best Hit TV (as the character マシュー南, Mashū Minami or Matthew Minami) and...

Autobiographical elements

Much has been made of the parallels between the characters in the film and those in Coppola's own social circles. Ribisi's character has similar speech mannerisms and gestures to Coppola's then-husband, director Spike Jonze, who began his career as a photographer. In addition, the main character of Charlotte wears clothes by designer Marc Jacobs, Coppola's close friend and a designer for whom Coppola has appeared in ads. Coppola specifically denied that the film was meant to be a portrait of her marriage in an Entertainment Weekly interview. Coppola and Jonze separated soon after the film was released. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American film director, actress, producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... For the musician and bandleader, see Spike Jones. ... Marc Jacobs (born April 9, 1963 in New York City) is an American fashion designer. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ...


Also, the character played by Anna Faris is supposedly based on the actress Cameron Diaz. As the character, in Lost in Translation, is promoting an action film; Diaz would have most likely been promoting Charlie's Angels which was released in 2000. The relationship between Faris' character and Charlotte's husband may be derived from the real-life inspirations meeting on Being John Malkovich, which was Jonze's first directorial effort, starred a non-blonde Cameron Diaz, and was released in 1999. Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... This article is about the television series. ... Being John Malkovich is a 1999 film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. ...


Footnotes

  1. ^ 1980s Suntory Whisky Advertisements.
  2. ^ Tokyo Bars: New York Bar, Peak Bar, Hotel Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan
  3. ^ Rich, Motoko (2003-09-21). What Else Was Lost in Translation. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2007-11-04.
  4. ^ Roger Ebert: "These are two wonderful performances. Bill Murray has never been better."
  5. ^ DVDTimes review
  6. ^ Day, Kiku (2004-01-24). Totally lost in translation. Guardian Unlimited. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved on 2007-11-04.
  7. ^ Charlotte: Why do they call you Charlie Brown?
       Charlie Brown: Everybody says, Charrie Brown, Charrie Brown. He rooks riek, Charrie Brown. You know, Snoopy, man!

Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Guardian Unlimited is a British website owned by the Guardian Media Group. ... Guardian Media Group plc is a company of the United Kingdom owning various mass media operations including The Guardian, The Observer and the Manchester Evening News. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

Lost in Translation is the soundtrack from the 2003 film Lost in Translation, released by Emperor Norton Records on September 9, 2003. ...

External links

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:
Lost in Translation (film)
  • Official site
  • Lost in Translation at the Internet Movie Database
  • Review by Roger Ebert
  • Guardian article on the film's perceived racism
  • Draft Script (9/2/2002 draft)
  • An audio analysis of the whisper in the final scene which purports to reveal what Murray's character said.
Awards
Preceded by
Chicago
Golden Globe for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy
2003
Succeeded by
Sideways
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