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Format: HD DVD
Sku: 204235346
UPC: 025193284723
UPC 14: 00025193284723
Category Keywords: Affairs  Essential Cinema  Japan  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola.
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.

"Two big thumbs up!  Ebert & Roeper & The Movies
"Unmistakably funny!  Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Getting lost never felt so good!  Thelma Adams, US Weekly

Editor's Note
Sofia Coppola's second feature-length film focuses on two guests at a Tokyo hotel--Bob (Bill Murray), a middle-aged actor in town to film whiskey commercials, and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), the young wife of a trendy photographer (Giovanni Ribisi) who is always out on a shoot. When Bob isn't on the job taking fragmented direction from the Japanese crew, he's receiving faxes on home decorating from his emotionally distant wife. And while her husband is away, Charlotte spends most of her time trying to motivate herself to do more than look out the window at Tokyo's urban sprawl. So when the two meet in the hotel bar, they strike up an unusual friendship, one that provides a welcome escape from their boredom and loneliness.

With LOST IN TRANSLATION, Coppola cements her reputation as a thoughtful and inventive filmmaker. Every element of the movie is pitch-perfect, from the dreamy, atmospheric score to the expertly timed editing to the lingering shots of the characters and the city. Most importantly, Coppola's minimalist script allows Murray and Johansson to give astonishingly moving yet subtle performances as people who are lost in the limbo of a foreign country, but find each other for comfort and companionship. Both heartbreakingly sad and hilariously funny, Coppola's LOST IN TRANSLATION is that rare movie in which everything is in its right place.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/29/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 102 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 62032847
Video UPC UPC: 00025193284723
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Akiko Takeshita
Video Cast Info Bill Murray
Video Cast Info Giovanni Ribisi
Video Cast Info Scarlett Johansson
Video Cast Info Francis Ford Coppola, et. al. - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Lance Acord - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Sarah Flack - Editor
Video Cast Info Sofia Coppola - Director
Video Cast Info Sofia Coppola - Writer
Video Cast Info Sofia Coppola - Producer


Winner (2004)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Bill Murray, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Scarlett Johansson, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Lost in Translation, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Bill Murray, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Sofia Coppola, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Independent Spirit, Sofia Coppola, Ross Katz, Best Feature
   Video Award Name Oscar, Sofia Coppola, Best Writing, Original Screenplay

Nominee (2004)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Bill Murray, Best Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Sofia Coppola, Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Ross Katz, Sofia Coppola, Best Picture

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...What's astonishing about Sofia Coppola's enthralling new movie is the precision, maturity and originality with which the confident young writer-director communicates so clearly in a cinematic language all her own..." 09/19/2003 p.65

New York Times
"...One of the purest and simplest examples ever of a director falling in love with her star's gifts. And never has a director found a figure more deserving of her admiration than Bill Murray..." 09/12/2003 p.E1

USA Today
"...The joys of Sofia Coppola's LOST IN TRANSLATION come from watching Murray modify his trademark passive-aggressive style into played-straight comic bewilderment....This is a career worth watching and a movie worth watching, too..." 09/12/2003 p.1E

Los Angeles Times
"...The film itself -- tart and sweet, unmistakably funny and exceptionally well observed -- marks the arrival of 32-year-old writer-director Sofia Coppola as a mature talent with a distinctive sensibility and the means to express it..." 09/12/2003 p.C1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Sweet and sad at the same time it is sardonic and funny....Bill Murray has never been better..." 09/12/2003 p.31

Rolling Stone
"...Altogether remarkable....LOST IN TRANSLATION is found gold..." 10/02/2003 p.124

"It's packed with incident....It's all in Murray's face....It's a magnificent performance that doesn't seem like acting at all..." 07/01/2004 p.139

ReelViews 10 of 10
Simply put, Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation is an amazing motion picture. There may be some controversy over whether she truly wrote the screenplay on her own (there are sequences that argue that she at least had help from someone with a little more experience in life and marriage), but that doesn't impact the final analysis. This study into the unfathomable depths of human relationships has more honesty than 95% of the movies I have seen this year...If you get the sense that I applaud this movie, you are correct. Lost in Translation requires a certain amount of patience, but it is by no means a slow or lugubrious endeavor. Director Coppola has done what any young director wants to accomplish: improve upon a successful first feature. As good as The Virgin Suicides is, Lost in Translation is superior in almost every way. When Top 10 lists are released at the end of the year, this title will feature prominently on a number of them (including mine). - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
The Japanese phrase "mono no aware," is a bittersweet reference to the transience of life. It came to mind as I was watching "Lost in Translation," which is sweet and sad at the same time it is sardonic and funny. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson play two lost souls rattling around a Tokyo hotel in the middle of the night, who fall into conversation about their marriages, their happiness and the meaning of it all...Well, I loved this movie. I loved the way Coppola and her actors negotiated the hazards of romance and comedy, taking what little they needed and depending for the rest on the truth of the characters. I loved the way Bob and Charlotte didn't solve their problems, but felt a little better anyway. I loved the moment near the end when Bob runs after Charlotte and says something in her ear, and we're not allowed to hear it...We shouldn't be allowed to hear it. It's between them, and by this point in the movie, they've become real enough to deserve their privacy. - Roger Ebert

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