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on 18 August 2017
I love this movie, have watched it many times but only yesterday figured out the title! I think this has a double meaning and tied in with clues from the dialogue, this movie is about people who are translating into different stages of life. Indeed the meaning of translation can be defined as moving from one state to another and so this is a clever play on words because the context of the movie, Japan, automatically makes you think of language translation.

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 :)
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on 26 March 2017
If you like bill Murray you will love this film, it's hard to explain what makes this film great. You become a voyeur, watching an unlikely coming together of 2 lost soles, 2 people who would ordinarily walk straight past each other, but in this amazing country they both share a common interest, they're both lost and alone. It has a beautiful pace, it ambles and strolls thru a short period in their life, a period that could go many different ways. It is really a happy tale of remembering what's important, remember to live your life and remember to not take everything for granted. It is not lol or adventure, but is is a beautifully told tale
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on 12 November 2017
Lost in Translation is one of my favourite films and it would be on my list of top ten films of all time.

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.
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on 11 June 2014
This is a sweet and subtle story in which Bill Murray kind of plays himself; an ageing movie star on assignment in Japan filming a whiskey commercial. He's not happy, and it isn't just the jet lag. He feels himself growing further and further apart from his wife and kids back home who seem only to exist through late night phone calls while they go about their daily routine, barely paying him attention in the process.

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.
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on 11 May 2018
One of my Top 10 films - superbly-cast and thoroughly deserved of the Oscar for the Best Screenplay. Scarlett looks lovely, the dialogue is razor-sharp, the pathos is touching, the underlying autobiographical element is brutal, Murray's timing is naturally perfect (or is that perfectly natural?)
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on 23 March 2014
Like all blu-rays when compared to watching the DVD version or an old video one watching this film is a clearer, more detailed experience and in many cases it's like looking at the film for the first time as the film stock used to transfer to Blu-Ray is usually "worked on" first to get as good a copy as possible.
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.
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on 24 October 2017
Clearly filmed by someone with experience of Japan - for those who have been there, much in this film will resonate.
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on 7 October 2016
Being a fan of Japan this film first caught my attention due to its location, also helps I'm a big Murray fan as well. I'm not good at giving film reviews so best read up other reviews or check out the many aggregate sites like Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB for more details.
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on 12 December 2017
A wholesome, make you smile movie. With westerners in a stereotypical orient, its emotion and free spirit vs conformity. A great feel good romance that is not mushy but will definitely make you smile on a lazy night in with someone else.
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on 23 July 2014
One of my favourites (even if, on reflection it's slightly racist) My first intro to Scarlet - not disappointed. It's one of the best films I've seen in which not much actually happens but grips throughout. The scene in the hospital with the 2 Japanese women laughing uncontrollably when Bills character is talking to the old man is so funny.
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