Lost in TranslationDirector: Sofia Coppola,
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Sofia Coppola's award-winning Lost in Translation comes to DVD in a wonderful package from Universal Pictures and Focus Features. The film comes in an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture (a full-screen edition is also available), with full and rich sound options that come in both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 tracks. Special features on the disc begin with the brilliant "'Lost' on Location" behind-the-scenes documentary. Shot handheld by a small crew during the shoot in Tokyo (including Coppola's husband-at-the-time Spike Jonze), the footage offers a rare inside look at a production that itself seems lost within the same very foreign land as its two main characters. Capturing a few stellar moments between Murray and the crew, the footage is a welcome surprise amidst the hype-driven studio featurettes that too often litter DVDs. Though not quite as solid, the ten-minute conversation with Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola feature does give the viewer a bit more background on the production (which a commentary would have covered if it'd been included), though some will no doubt be looking for more out of the two than an on-the-fly Q & A on a balcony in Rome. Thankfully, the disc isn't done yet, as it continues with the entire clip from Matthew's Best Hit TV show, featuring a hilarious bit with Murray and a box of live eels that needs to be seen to be believed. The music video for Kevin Shields' "City Girl" is also supplied, along with a section of five extended and deleted scenes that serve as a nice complement to the film but offer little else. The original theatrical trailer rounds out the extras on this fine disc.
I loved this movie. I loved the way Coppola and her actors negotiated the hazards of romance and comedy, taking what little they needed and depending for the rest on the truth of the characters.
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Cast & Crew
|Bill Murray||Bob Harris|
|Catherine Lambert||Jazz Singer|
|KK Barrett||Production Designer|
|Richard Beggs||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Francis Ford Coppola||Executive Producer|
|Mitch Glazer||Associate Producer|
|Takahide Kawakami||Asst. Director|
|Drew Kunin||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Towako Kuwajima||Set Decoration/Design|
|Roger Joseph Manning||Score Composer|
|Tomomi Nishio||Set Decoration/Design|
|Brian Reitzell||Score Composer|
|Fred Roos||Executive Producer|
|Anne Ross||Production Designer|
|Kevin Shields||Score Composer|
|Nancy Steiner||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|William Storkson||Score Composer|
|Mayumi Tomita||Art Director|
1. Main Titles [1:08]
2. Welcome to Tokyo [4:57]
3. Charlotte Can't Sleep [2:23]
4. Suntory Time [3:28]
5. Charlotte Wanders [4:05]
6. Premium Fantasy [3:56]
7. The Photo Shoot [6:13]
8. Kelly! [4:28]
9. Jet Lag [5:54]
10. Drinks with Kelly [4:48]
11. Night Out with Charlie [6:55]
12. Karaoke Time [6:56]
13. Calling Home [2:10]
14. Black Toe [1:04]
15. At the Hospital [1:16]
16. Are You Awake? [6:01]
17. Kyoto [7:29]
18. Matthew's Best Hit TV [4:09]
19. The Jazz Singer [4:34]
20. The Worse Lunch [2:12]
21. Fire Alarm [1:33]
22. So This Is Goodbye [3:13]
23. Hey, You! [2:52]
24. End Titles [3:56]
"Lost" on Location
Matthew's Best Hit TV
Kevin Shields' "City Girl" Music Video
More Aqua Aerobics
Charlotte with Robots
Kelly's Press Conference
Morning After Karaoke
Bob in Hospital Waiting Room
A Conversation with Bill Murray and Sophia Coppola
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
English 5.1 DTS
Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
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I enjoy the offbeat, interesting and non-mainstream but sorry...this movie is just a bore from beginning to end. There's one central 'joke' which wears thin after 5 minutes (Bill and Scarlett are the recipients of a constant barrage of Japanese which, of course, they don't understand and so simply mimic back as best they can in an effort to communicate...such scenes go on forever and made me yell 'All right...I GOT IT!') There's about 10 minutes of plot (will Bill and Scarlett make a love connection?) 40 minutes of Bill looking bored and/or confused, and an hour of pulsating Japanese night life. What a disappointment, especially after the way this film was hyped. The Coppola name must make critics lose their common sense, reminiscent of 'The Emperor's New Clothes.' This was at best a 30 minute short dragged out into nearly 2 hours. If you've got absolutely nothing better to do and can get this movie free at the library, then go for it.
This movie is great! It is no wonder that Sofia received Oscar's for the script. Actors display their individuality not only naturally but also strongly. The characters' feelings of being 'lost' aboroad and the way they share their feelings are so vividly descripted. Also, the movie accurately shows a temporal atomosphere of Tokyo life from a very unique point of view. Look and see what is happening in the REAL Tokyo!
With all the rave reviews, we expected a lot out of this movie - many laughs, some actual relationship building between the main characters, 'hilarious' interactions that can be found only by trying to communicate in a foreign country/culture when you can not speak the language. I like Bill Murray, and he can be very funny, but this film does not utilize his talent well at all. We waited about 1/2 hour into the film before we figured out what was happening, and then for the next hour and a half or so were wondering where the movie was going, not even laughing or hardly smiling. Very unimpressive. This film is hardly a comedy; I would call it a tragedy - the chronicle of a man's empty life accentuated by a short stay in Tokyo during which he learns nothing, communicates poorly, and changes not at all. Scarlett's character as well seems not to change, except that she grows fond of Murray's character. Has her life changed? The producer does not allow us to find out. I would say it is not worth the time required to sit through it.
Bill Murray plays Bill Murray, a has-been actor lost in Japanese culture. Cappola's slow moving, rather boring B movie simply puts one to sleep. It's sad that this film was so richly awarded for such mediocrity.
This film, to be honest, changed me as a whole. I am a 16 year old, naive, high school kid from the Midwest and although I'm not exposed to as many artistic films as in other, more cultured regions and this one in particular caught my attention and gained my respect within the first few minutes of viewing it. To describe the movie is like trying to describe what air tastes like - it isn't very easy. All I have to say is that the acting in this movie is the best I've ever seen in any motion picture. Throughout a very small (but very important) amount of dialogue and an extremely impressive amount of chemistry between the two main characters - I found myself feeling as they did: lost in a circus of a world that proves to be so blatantly simple but tremendously intricate at the same time. I found Bill Murray's character to be on the border of completely believable and surrealistic - the way a character ought to be. The tone this movie projected was perfect - all brought about by the cinematography (which I'd rather not explain... I hate to butcher thoughts with words. Let us just say that it is higher up on the grading scale). This movie, in essence, gave me a kick in the behind that I believe I needed, especially as a kid. I saw life in this movie. And, in essence, this movie is life, plain and simple (but the film proves what an oxymoron that clause truly is.)
I was so ready to love this film after all the good reviews it's had, but I have to say, I was extremely disappointed w/this movie! It was extremely slow moving and I was not impressed w/Sophia Coppola's directing at all. It was also very annoying in parts( that game show host got on my nerves big time!). However, even w/ all of that, I have to say that the acting was superb! Both leads were fantastic..(I loved the bed scene when she was telling him she feels stuck!) In fact, I thought that Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray should have had more scenes together; they didnt even meet until a 1/2 hour into the movie! The ending was also great...very emotional, and I loved how they didnt let us know what he was whispering to her. It makes us wander what the last thing he said to her was. So on the whole the movie was boring, but the scenes between the 2 leads were excellent!
This is a very realistic view of our lives--whether celebrity or not. It depicts two characters lost in time (and in translation)who find themselves lost in a cultural divide both in Japan, and in life in general. It gives an interesting glimpse into the different customs and practices found in a foreign country that can be lost to tourists less travelled. As the two main characters portrayed by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson bumble through the unfamiliar customs of a foreign country, they discover that their own lives have become very foreign to them. They are both stuck in marriages that have become stale and meaningless, yet both seem to stay in them because it appears easier to stay than it is to leave. At the very end, Bill Murray's character has to say goodbye to the female lead played by Johansson--and as he does so, he very quietly, almost audibly, whispers something into her ear which brings a smile of hope to both of their faces. Was it the promise of a future? or merely words of comfort for the moment? You will have to purchase the video and find out!
This edition of the DVD seems made for the rental market; when you first put in the disk you are forced to watch 10 minutes of previews before you can even get to the main menu. Not cool.
I loved everything about this movie. Tokyo was captured wonderfully. The characters fully developed through their actions. The soundtrack. Even the Karioke scene was great.
So simple and universal a theme. I can understand and appreciate how some wouldn't like this film because not a whole lot happens. I can see how it's a love-it or hate-it kind of thing. I fall into the loved-it camp, but then I have felt numbed by my own circumstance and then proceeded to physically remove myself from it. In doing so I recognize and appreciate the surreal dislocated state this can put one in and that is captured so brilliantly here. It is a fine line between being as lost as you have ever been in a foreign land and almost finding yourself because of it, but maybe falling a bit short. It is loneliness that is so deep it aches, but it ultimately leaves you open to doing things or letting someone in that at another time in a different place you never would. It is vulnerable and pure in it's vacuum-like state and that is the beauty of the film. I have never seen true loneliness captured so perfectly. And the surreal over the top striking beauty of Tokyo provides the perfect contrast for the understated emotion of the lost souls. The chemistry between the actors is palapable and that it's never consecrated makes it that much more real. Maybe it's slow to some, but sometimes, one moment in time is so significant that, while fleeting, it seems to move in slow motion. And when it does, we best keep our eyes open and savor it.
See it twice before forming an opinion. Beautiful movie about a couple of real people in a surreal place. Can't stop watching it. One of the 5 best of 2003.
This is a movie that when credits roll you will say ¿what a waste of my time¿. You will feel somewhat confused and disappointed. But you won't be able to stop thinking about it for days, remembering small details, until you finally understand Coppola's shocking message: maybe love is something short and circumstantial, something amazing and comfortable that you experience with someone for short periods of time during your life.
Based on the critical acclaim, we were eager to see this film. Imagine our surprise when we realized it was no better than what is probably being produced in a junior high film class. Look, here's the bottom line, this is a nothing film. There is little story and even less acting. The award nominations are extremely difficult to comprehend. This movie for Best Picture and no nomination for Cold Mountain? Do yourself a favour, get lost on the way to the video store.
I really enjoyed this film because it was not produced in the conventional movie sense. I admit I am not a proliffic movie watcher, but the sparring dialogue coupled with the cinematography really moved me in a way few movies have. However, I can see how some may not click with this film, because the plot is not the driving force of the movie but instead, about circumstance and human reaction to it. Both leads were fantastic and had beautiful chemistry on screen. My favorite moment is when they both finally fall asleep together and Bob moves his hand down to touch Charlottes foot...
This film has got to be the most beautiful movie I have ever seen . . . ever! Bill Murray's classic humour and Scarlette Johanneson's intoxicating charm temper the disparaging theme of being lost that permeates the film. Sofia Coppola has made a true masterpiece here.
Like her earlier film ('The Virgin Suicides') Sofia Coppola has created the mood of the movie through the actors and their surroundings, not through dialog. The love between the two characters is so strong, but is also subtle. Bill Murray is at his best, this was his role of a lifetime, and he proves in this movie what a great actor he really is. I think that people who didn't like this movie, or didn't 'get' this movie were expecting an earlier version of Bill Murray. He is not the loud, sometimes abnoxious, always obviously funny man that his fans are used to. Instead the humor is more simple, and this is a grown-up Bill. Before I watched this film, I could honestly say I really didn't like anything Murray had ever done, because I don't like the crass humor I associated with his comedies. But he has proved to me that is an Oscar-worthy actor.
I was really disappointed in this movie. I am not a big fan of either two main actors, but I wanted to see how Sofia would do on directing this movie. I must say that I am very...unimpressed. I liked The Virgin Sucides a lot, but I felt that this one wasn't that great as everyone says it was. I think that she did a good job in writing the story, but the execution of it was boring. I almost fell asleep nearly a dozen times during the movie! I think she did a great job in writing, and that she deserved her oscar for that, but other wise, I feel that it was extremely boring on screen. I don't think that this movie deserved all of the rave reviews that it got, nor do I think so about her new movie Marie Antionette. Either way, if you are interested in seeing a movie by Sofia Coppola, you might as well stick with The Virgin Sucides. Other wise, don't waste your time or money.
What is this movie about? Loneliness? Adultery? Being able to connect with someone? Cultural differences? Its hard to tell. One thing for sure - this movie does well in cementing negative stereotypes of the Japanese people. What a terrible disservice to an entire nation to make a movie so condescending and cruel.
Very entertaining film with Bill Murray at the top of his game and Scarlett Johansson...well..looking like Scarlett Johnansson. Well-directed, beautifully shot, don't miss this one.
I had read a lot of glowing reviews of this movie, and being fond of Bill Murray I eagerly went to see it. Well, if you like a movie about nothing in which absolutely nothing happens and which has no point, this is the one for you. Bill Murray, except for a few flashes of acting, goes through most of the movie as if he were heavily tranquilized.Scarlett Johannsen spends inordinate amounts of time gazing out her hotel window. Best acting in the picture: Tokyo at night. But it can't carry the whole film. I may not be the most astute moviegoer, but I don't consider myself a total philistine. But I'll be honest -- I did not 'get' this movie at all. I wish I had my money back on this one.
I saw this movie not too long ago, and I was just blown away. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson are absolutely remarkable, and they portray their characters with such in-depth emotion. The supporting cast is top-notch as well, but it's Bill and Scarlett that make this film, and their characters their own.
The deluxe Park Hyatt Tokyo provides the backdrop for this quirky film about the evolving relationship between Bob Harris, a world-weary movie actor in town to pocket easy money for a Suntory whiskey advertising campaign, and Charlotte, an obviously smart young wife of a thoughtless, ambitious video director. Through happenstance, these two characters come together and over the course of the film, discover they are soulmates. This deceptively simple concept has been given a stylized and perceptive treatment by screenwriter and director Sofia Coppola, who has an obvious fondness for her characters and the setting. As a third-generation Japanese-American who has been to Tokyo a few times, I found the film was full of shrewd observations about current Japanese culture - the expansive karaoke hotel suite, the antiseptic strip club, the anal-retentive hospital waiting room, the Day-Glo Japanese talk show with the maniacally congenial host. I doubt if any other stateside filmmaker has captured the blinding lights and claustrophobic hustle of Tokyo better, much less the actual Japanese people in the way Coppola has done here without resorting to stereotypes. The scenes dealing with the communication barriers, while comically effective, actually feel authentic, not condescending. Upon first viewing on its initial release, I thought the film was overrated given its saturated airplay during the entire awards season earlier this year, perhaps as an indie-endorsing affront to the juggernaut that was 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'. Now that a few months have elapsed, I can appreciate the movie more for its vivid sense of imagery and atmosphere, which does go a long way to compensate for the threadbare plot. The excellent soundtrack helps as well. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson perform their roles as Bob and Charlotte in an almost improvisational manner, effortlessly achieving a genuine chemistry. Coppola's focus on Bob still feels a bit lopsided since it ultimately makes Charlotte more cryptic than she needs to be. For all its charms, the film does not take ultimate accountability for the changes that Bob and especially Charlotte go through, which is why I think the film falls somewhat short for me. Though the much-talked about ending is lovely and seems to signal a reunion in the future, one still gets the sense that the episode was nothing more than a warm, dream-like episode in their lives. I guess I expected to see more honest character development for all the praise heaped on this film.