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Lost in Translation Movie

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Summary:
Bob Harris and Charlotte 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. 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.

Review:
Sofia Coppola does a magnificent job of creating an off-beat romance between extremely likeable characters in this film produced by Focus Features. Bill Murray convincingly portrays a middle-aged TV star looking for a new identity in a strange land (Japan). Scarlett Johansson effectively reveals the inner sorrow of a woman who marries a Hollywood hotshot at a young age. Utilizing some of the techniques from the critically acclaimed Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola effectively orchestrates a tale of two lost souls at sea.

Before I go any further this is not a mainstream film or a genre-breaking film which may find itself into the mainstream. If you are looking for a different take on love, you might find solace in this film, but if you are looking for an entertaining romantic comedy you might be mildly disappointed. Although the film does focus on sometimes tender, sometimes hilarious relationship between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, it does not go anywhere fast and really doesn't end up anyplace special in the end. Simply utilizing subtle comedic routines and tender moments this film can be seen as a refreshing change of pace something similar to Whale Rider which was released earlier in the year.

Lost in Translation focuses on problems not on the grandeur scheme of most movies released this year, but utilizes its simplicity to reveal a cooler take on love and romance. Without the Japanese setting this film would have utterly failed since its an innovative way of conveying the awkwardness present in the film. Although the film has a simple facade, near the end you can see how well it was constructed and as a frequent movie-goer it gave me an underlying sense of euphoria. 

Most audiences won't find this film what critics made it out to be, but with an open mind you might find this flick to be one of the most enjoyable experiences this fall.

See this movie if you're a fan of:

Whale Rider (2003)

Sofia Coppola (Director/Screenwriter, The Virgin Suicides)

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Rushmore (1998)

Bill Murray (Actor, Rushmore, Kingpin, What About Bob)


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Box Office Info:

Cast:
Scarlett Johansson (as Charlotte)
Bill Murray (as Bob Harris)
Akiko Takeshita (as Ms. Kawasaki)

Directed By: Sofia Coppola
Written By: Sofia Coppola & Ross Katz
Produced By: Focus Features

Release Date (US): September 12, 2003

Length of Movie: 1h 45min

MPAA Rating: Rated R for some sexual content.

Filming Location: Tokyo, Japan

Budget: $

Opening Weekend: $925,087

Lost in Translation Soundtrack

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1. Intro/Tokyo
2. City Girl - Kevin Shields
3. Fantino - Sebastian Tellier
4. Tommib - Squarepusher
5. Girls - Death In Vegas
6. Goodbye - Kevin Shields
7. Too Young - Phoenix
8. Kaze Wo Atsumete - Happy End
9. On The Subway - Brian Reitzell & Roger J Manning Jr
10. Ikebana - Kevin Shields
11. Sometimes - My Bloody Valentine
12. Alone In Kyoto - Air
13. Shibuya - Brian Reitzell & Roger J Manning Jr
14. Are You Awake? - Kevin Shields
15. Just Like Honey - The Jesus & Mary Chain

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