Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

DVD - 2003
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A middle-aged actor and the wife of a photographer meet while on business in Tokyo. They strike up an unusual friendship in the hotel bar that helps them both overcome boredom and loneliness.
Publisher: [Universal City, CA] : [distributed by] Universal, c2003.
Edition: Full screen version.
ISBN: 9780783289540
0783289545
Branch Call Number: PN1995.9.C55 L678 2003 VideoDVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : digital., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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jezicuhh
Sep 05, 2017

I am right down the middle here with my review. There is a lot of mixed reviews below and I can agree with most of them, despite that making me sound wishy washy as heck!! Although I see what the director was going for with this story, it really does lag at some points. It was plain dull. I still value the story; she made him feel alive, he made her feel wanted. The main characters were extremely bored with life before they crossed paths, but the audience shouldn't ALSO feel just as bored. As the story picked up, I became more invested. I found myself smiling the entire karaoke scene, not sure why but it amused me greatly. The biggest controversy about this movie is the end -- WHAT DOES HE WHISPER TO HER?!?!?!! We will never know.....

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jeffi22
Apr 19, 2017

not bad, a little slow and romantic for me. also my notes say "probably a bit racist" but not sure why I wrote that - don't remember anything specifically.

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erinsnest
May 25, 2016

May 25 2016....WHAT was that?.....feeling LOST!........ok, I looked it up on Wiki, and it just is.....what it is. Anyway, I was just bored and waiting for something to happen, hoping it wasn't going to (and it didn't) because it just felt too uncomfortable!

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czopstiks
Jul 09, 2015

Meandering mediocrity. Decent cinematography.

ChampionMDR Jun 20, 2015

I continue to discover what an accomplshed actor Bill Murray is, as I have only known him in comedic roles.
The movie itself is quite good - real life story line - what so many go through and don't talk about ...

rhvic Mar 15, 2015

Quite a waste of time. One wonders why this movie was made.

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jescar82
Mar 28, 2014

One of Bill Murray's best movie, add it to your must see list.

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Vivica
May 08, 2013

When it 1st came out I watched it & liked it. I wanted to see it again since I recently traveled to Japan. This time I didn't like it...the characters behaved rudely to the Japanese and were whiny and boring. They landed in an amazingly interesting city for a couple of weeks, all paid for and they behaved like jerks!

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SmartAssAWhip
May 01, 2013

No one's face says hang-dog better than Bill Murray. One's appreciation of this movie is best served by having known what it feels like to be alone, (either literally, or figuratively)away from one's familiar surroundings.

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booksmile
Oct 18, 2012

Very unsatisfying!
I liked the beginning because it was dealing with real, complex issues, but by the end it didn't seem like the characters had grown or learned much.
Also, how can you set a film in another country without ANY significant characters FROM that country!?

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Bob: "For relaxing times, make it Suntory time."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Ms. Kawasaki: "Welcome to Tokyo." Bob: "Thank you very much." Ms. Kawasaki: "My name is Kawasaki. Nice to meet you." Bob: "I've heard of you. Thank you."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Bob: "Can you keep a secret? I'm trying to organize a prison break. I'm looking for, like, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or you out?" Charlotte: "I'm in. I'll go pack my stuff." Bob: "I hope that you've had enough to drink. It's going to take courage."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Charlotte: "I just don't know what I'm supposed to be." Bob: "You'll figure that out. The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Premium Fantasy woman: "Mr. Kazu sent me, premium fantasy. My stockings. Rip them. Rip my stockings. Yes, please, rip them." Bob: "What?" Premium Fantasy woman: "Rip them. HEY! Rip my stocking!" Bob: "Hey? Lip them? Lip them? What?"

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Premium Fantasy woman: "Oh Mr. Harris! Don't touch me! Mr. Bob Harris! Just rip my stocking!"

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Bob: "I was feeling tight in the shoulders and neck, so I called down and had a Shiatsu massage in my room..." Charlotte: "Mmm, that's nice!" Bob: "And the tightness has completely disappeared and been replaced by unbelievable pain."

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Monolith
Apr 26, 2012

Charlotte: "Why do they switch the R's and the L's here?" Bob: "Uh... for yuks, you know? Just to mix it up. They have to amuse themselves, 'cause we're not making them laugh."

Sunnchilde Sep 19, 2011

"Let's never come here again. Because it could never be this good."

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KHaney Mar 19, 2008

Bob Harris is an American film actor, far past his prime. He visits Tokyo to appear in commercials, and he meets Charlotte, the young wife of a visiting photographer. Bored and weary, Bob and Charlotte make ideal if improbable traveling companions. Charlotte is looking for "her place in life," and Bob is tolerating a mediocre stateside marriage. Both separately and together, they live the experience of the American in Tokyo. Bob and Charlotte suffer both confusion and hilarity due to the cultural and language differences between themselves and the Japanese. As the relationship between Bob and Charlotte deepens, they come to the realization that their visits to Japan, and one another, must soon end. Or must they?

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