• Lost in Translation (2003)

Lost in Translation

Release Date: September 12th, 2003

DVD Release Date: February 3rd, 2004

R |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar. They form a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful.

Cast: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, Fumihiro Hayashi, Catherine Lambert, Gregory Pekar, Richard Allen

Director: Sofia Coppola

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Elemental Films, American Zoetrope

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Transformation, Quest, Marriage, Offbeat, 2000s, Friendship, Engaging, Love, Hotel

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    David EdelsteinSlate

    This is the Bill Murray performance we've been waiting for: Saturday Night Live meets Chekhov. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    By the time the film was half over, I was ready to catch the next flight to Japan. Until travel arrangements can be made, though, I'll just watch Lost in Translation again. show more

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The movie contains priceless slapstick from Bill Murray, finely tuned performances by Murray and the beautiful Scarlett Johansson and a visual and aural design that cultivates a romantic though melancholy mood. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Winner Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)