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    Unique ID Code: 0000057657
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    Added on: 4/3/2004 12:09
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    Lost in Translation (Widescreen) (US)

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    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 102 mins
    Retail Price: $26.98
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    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.

    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and winner of Best Original Screenplay at the 2004 Oscars.

    Special Features:
    Deleted Scenes
    Matthew`s Best Hit TV-Extended Scene
    Lost On Location Featurette
    Kevin Shields "City Girl" Music Video
    A Conversation with Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 French
    DTS 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Sofia Coppola

    Written By:

    Kazuko Shibata
    Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe
    Akiko Takeshita
    Bill Murray
    Scarlett Johansson

    Casting By:
    Ryôichi Kondô

    Director of Photography:
    Lance Acord

    Sarah Flack

    Costume Designer:
    Nancy Steiner

    Production Designer:
    Anne Ross
    K.K. Barrett

    Stephen Schible
    Ross Katz
    Kiyoshi Inoue
    Callum Greene
    Mitch Glazer
    Sofia Coppola

    Executive Producer:
    Fred Roos
    Francis Ford Coppola

    Universal Pictures

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    6 / 10
    The film is of two completely different worlds colliding. In one world is Bill Murray`s character, Bob Harris, a movie star lowered to doing whiskey commercials for Japanese television. Bob is an older middle-aged man who has reached a point in his life where nothing seems to matter anymore. His career appears to be that of a "has-been," and his marriage and children are not making any admirable points with him, either. In the other world, and in the same hotel building, we have a very young Charlotte, (Scarlett Johansson). Charlotte is a young lass married to a young photographer, John (Giovanni Ribisi). The husband is constantly wrapped-up in his work in Tokyo, and he is the obvious fault for many dull moments for Charlotte. She finds herself disillusioned with her marriage, her life, her hopes, and basically everything that all of us have thought about at one time or another.

    Some moments in the story poke subtle fun at the Japanese culture. Obviously, there are funny moments dealing with Karaoke, Sushi, overall size, and the ever-so-apparent language barrier. I can only assume it was meant to be more humorous.

    I can only recommend "Lost in Translation" to someone who is prepared for a serious drama, mixed with very subtle comedy. It is a film that can be warm, but in the end is a bit odd, cold, empty, and somewhat sad. I think the film does acquit itself well.
    posted by Aslan on 4/7/2004 23:28