Lost in Translation 
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Winner of 3 Golden Globes (including Best Film), Winner of 3 Baftas (including Best Actor for Bill Murray and Best Actress for Scarlett Johansson) and nominated for 4 Academy Awards (including Best Film), Lost In Translation is a laugh-out-loud portrayal of loneliness and human connection.
Featuring superior performances from Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as Bob and Charlotte, two Americans in Tokyo. Bob is a movie star in town to shoot a whiskey commercial, while Charlotte is a young wife tagging along with her workaholic photographer husband. Through their respective insomnias, the two cross paths one night in the luxury hotel bar and strike up a surprisingly intimate friendship. As the unlikely pair venture through Tokyo together, having often hilarious encounters with its citizens, they ultimately discover a new belief in lifes possibilities.
Like a good dream, Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation envelopes you with an aura of fantastic light, moody sound, head-turning love, and a feeling of déjà vu, even though you've probably never been to this neon-fused version of Tokyo. Certainly Bob Harris has not. The 50-ish actor has signed-on for big money shooting whiskey ads instead of doing something good for his career or his long-distance family. Jetlagged, helplessly lost with his Japanese-speaking director and out of sync with the metropolis, Harris (Bill Murray, never better) befriends the married but lovelorn 25-year-old Charlotte (played with heaps of poise by 18-year-old Scarlett Johansson). Even before her photographer husband all but abandons her, she is adrift like Harris but in a total entrapment of youth. How Charlotte and Bill discover their soul mates will be cherished for years to come.
Written and directed by Coppola (The Virgin Suicides), the film is far more atmospheric than plot-driven: we whiz through Tokyo parties, karaoke bars and odd nightlife, always ending up in the impossibly posh hotel where the two are staying. The wisps of bittersweet loneliness of Bill and Charlotte are handled smartly and romantically, but unlike modern studio films, this isn't a May to December fling film. Surely and steadily, the film ends on a much-talked-about grace note, which may burn some, yet awards film lovers who "always had Paris" with another cinematic destination of the heart. --Doug ThomasSee all Product description
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The real beauty of this movie is describing the moment of transition from stuck and lost to direction and movement. Both protagonists arrive in a foreign land, a metaphor for the limbo state they are in. Their relationship evolves and brings about a resolution to direction out of limbo through their realisations about their current state of life, and the break from daily routine that being away from home provides, gives them both a glimpse into their options and paths.
The end scene with the famous secret whisper is really the moment of pure bonding as they both take comfort in their situations - realising that they are not alone in their seeming position and that gives each other comfort and confidence to enter a new direction and stage of life - marriage for Charlotte and middle age for Bob.
Such a clever movie, and it will make you want to visit Japan - Do it, it's amazing :)
Sometimes an individual has to go overseas in order to assess and take stock of their lives.A middle aged American actor, Bob Harris travels to Tokyo, Japan to film a whisky commercial and a young college graduate, Charlotte accompanies her photographer husband on his work assignment to Tokyo, Japan. Their paths cross, their lives interconnect and they develop a close friendship through which they see life with a renewed vision of hope embracing what lies ahead in the future.
Sofia Coppols has directed a timeless, cinema classic and masterpiece with Lost in Translation for which she won the 2004, Best Original Screenplay Academy Award. Bill Murray is excellent in one of the best roles of his career as Bob Harris winning BAFTA and Golden Globe awards. He is brilliantly supported by Scarlett Johansson as Charlotte for which she earned a BAFTA award.
One of the best films to emerge post millennium, Lost in Translation is original, enchanting and unforgettable. It is also one of the best films to show the magic and cultural paradox that is Tokyo, Japan.
At the same time, Charlotte (played by Johansson), another guest at the same hotel, seems to be realising she married the wrong guy, who's out all day every day photographing Japanese boy bands leaving her alone to turn things over and over in her mind. Eventually Bill and Charlotte notice each other. 'Alone' in the sky high hotel in a totally alien environment, they drift together.
While it is one of my favourite films, I'm afraid I found the upgrade to Blu Ray a little disappointing. The movie transfer is very grainy. Not that I mind grain on film usually, as long as it doesn't distract. And it does here.
My taste in films may not be the same as yours so if you want to know about this film I suggest that you use the internet to find 2 or 3 reviews by experienced film reviewers and make your judgment whether or not to buy this film.
I have watched over 600 films in my life and have a collection of over 200 Blu-Ray's and I rate this one 8/10.