15 certificateLost in Translation is a Film programme that first aired in 2003 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Lost in Translation is a 4 star programme

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Lost in Translation (2003)

Directed by
Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola's Oscar-winning second movie, released in 2006, is a masterclass in quiet, delightful comic romance. Movie star Bob Harris (Bill Murray) arrives in Tokyo to shoot a Suntory whisky commercial: a project that intensifies his self-loathing in a city that amplifies his alienation.

Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) is staying at the same hotel while her photographer husband John (Giovanni Ribisi) abandons her for his latest assignment, shooting a hot new starlet. Staking out the hotel bar - a magnet for bored insomniacs - Bob and Charlotte meet, talk and begin to explore Tokyo together. With Harris's wife distant and Charlotte's husband inattentive, their relationship deepens...

The Virgin Suicides showed Coppola to be shrewd, character-driven filmmaker in the mould of her father. While her second movie also echoes daddy - he shot a Suntory whisky ad in the 70s - it contains enough depth to let her escape his shadow.

Murray, who has no agent, fields film offers via voicemail. Coppola besieged him, he relented and the result is one of his most affecting performances, giving Bob Harris an awkward nobility when he could so easily have been a dirty old man. While Charlotte's pampered lifestyle does not conjure instant sympathy, Johansson (in her breakthrough role) gives her strength and sharpness.

Small wonder she hit Woody Allen's radar, working for him in Match Point and then Scoop. Coppola took home an Oscar for her screenplay, the sole success from four nominations.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 105 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2003

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA/Japan

Filmed in Colour


Image for Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson...Charlotte
Image for Bill MurrayBill Murray...Bob Harris
Akiko Takeshita...Ms. Kawasaki
Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe...Press Agent
Kazuko Shibata...Press Agent
Take...Press Agent
Ryuichiro Baba...Concierge
Akira Yamaguchi...Bellboy
Catherine Lambert...Jazz Singer
Fran├žois du Bois...Sausalito Piano
Tim Leffman...Sausalito Guitar
Gregory Pekar...American Businessman
Richard Allen...American Businessman
Image for Giovanni RibisiGiovanni Ribisi...John
Diamond Yukai...Commercial Director
Fumihiro Hayashi...Charlie