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Lost in Translation [HD DVD]

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars While not for everybody... July 18 2004
This film is not for everybody. The premise is not strange but it does have an exotic air to it. One reviewer here wrote something about it's lack of sensitivity towards Japan and the Japanese. I didn't see that. I saw a film about two displaced people who probably shouldn't have gone to Japan and I never was convinced that their take of the country was meant to be worldly or balanced. They were both their because of circumstances that led them there and their take was never meant to be some utopian ideal. The actor (Murray) was there because the money was too good (presumebly) to pass up. The young wife (Johanssen) was there to be with her new husband, and she did try to take in the culture and the sights. That they amused themselves in their boredom by making light of their circumstances is nothing more than a safety valved to compensate for their loneliness and apprehension about being in that alien place. As the film progressed they got out of their shells and had fun among the locals, and by the end there was no doubt that the memory of the experience would be a high mark among others which would sustain them as they continued in their lives. I really loved to see how this change came about as well as the sexless love affair that ensued (the lack of sexual intimacy put more weight into the affair making it seem somewhat more potent and on some levels more disturbing when regarding their marriage partners) within this setting of glittering towers, high tech commercial visual displays and little restaurants. The population, that was as varried as any metropolitan cities around the world, and despite the language barrier, were also the stars. The fact that Murray's character is uneasy and somewhat flippant toward his hosts is not because he's a creep. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Souls March 16 2004
Although "Lost in Translation" stars Bill Murray, it's not one of his mainstream comedies but an - often humorous - offbeat love story, or friendship story, or lost soul story. It's the fact that you end up not quite sure which that is a major part of its charm.
Longtime filmgoers may remember Richard Linklater's 1995 "Before Sunrise", which starred Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as an American man and a French girl who meet and develop a romantic relationship over the space of a few hours while he's backpacking through Europe. It's a film that I quite liked. But "Lost in Translation" is not only a similar movie. It's a better and more complex one. "Before Dawn" was sometimes a little too in love with its own wordiness.
Sofia Coppola's script for "Lost in Translation" is fairly minimalist, leaving plenty of room for Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson to develop their relationship through a look, a gesture, a moment of silence. And then there are the added complications. Murray's character Bob Harris is facing a mid-life crisis. Johanssen's Charlotte is in her early to mid-twenties. Both are married.
Bob is a slightly over the hill actor who - he tells Charlotte - could be at home doing a play but is in Tokyo to do an ad for whisky for 2 million dollars. Charlotte is the wife of a fashion photographer, played by Giovanni Ribisi who's in town to do a shoot. Charlotte's been married two years, and is beginning to think she doesn't really know who her husband is. Bob has been married for 25 years and it's a marriage that seems to exist for the sake of the children. During their cross world phone calls neither he nor his wife seem to be very open with one another emotionally.
Both characters are jet-lagged and suffering from insomnia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever been in a Zen garden? March 16 2004
Boy, this is a divisive one. I have to come down on the side of the ayes. "Lost in Translation" was one of the best movies of last year. This and "Mystic River" both blew me away, but in completely different ways.
One thing they both have in common is that they really reward repeated viewing. There's so much subtext in "Mystic River" that you catch a second time. And the same goes for this one.
It seems everybody has said everything about "Lost in Translation" with this many votes, so I don't know what more can be said. You've got to try it for yourself. What some people love - the fact that everything isn't put into words - other people hate. For those who think that no matter how depressed and tired you are you should just go out and play pachinko or play tourist, this movie will never work. It's clear to Charlotte her marriage is not going to work. It doesn't seem clear to everyone who sees the movie though. It was to me.
A modern dancer - the serious kind - said to me recently, "Audiences just keep wanting things to get faster and faster. They have no patience with waiting." It seems sadly true. I was happy to wait. Not a lot happens in Zen gardens either for some. Everything does for others.
I can hardly fault this movie, although the DVD is a bit disappointing. We deserved more extras.
Bill and Scarlett are great. Sofia Coppola - magnificent job. It's interesting that to those attuned to this movie, it's not vague at all. Nor is it boring. It's funny to see a one star review saying of Charlotte "If you're bored, you're boring", when the MAIN thing most one star reviews here say is "I was bored"
When are we going to see a Japanese one set in New York? That would be equally strange. Oh, and to the guy who expected Bruce Lee to turn up in this "cliched view of Japan", it would have been funny if he did seeing he's Chinese.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made me feel a cool kind of sad
Didn't know what to expect from this, all I know is I would love to go to a strange land, fall in love with the perfect woman and escape it all. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite film
Just amazing, images, situations, dialogues. Very good actors performance and Tokyo looks like a crazy city fool of nice ppl.
Published 17 months ago by axia13
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like it!
I find it extremely interesting how people can feel so divided on this film. This is my favourite movie of all time. Every time I watch this movie, I love it more. Read more
Published 23 months ago by RobF
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Picture Quality = Great
My review might be a little biased as I love this movie and could watch it day after day so I can sit and endure some grainy scenes without realizing it. Read more
Published on April 12 2011 by Christian
4.0 out of 5 stars With Some Reservations I Can Say: Wonderful Film!
I'm a lover of foreign and art house films and I generally dislike American films equally as vociferously. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2010 by Anthony Gualtieri
4.0 out of 5 stars "And I didn't feel anything..."
The first time I saw this movie I actually hated it. My roommate owns it so I watched it again when I was home sick a little while ago. Read more
Published on June 5 2007 by Jennie
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm With Supervixen
I think the aforementioned review hits most of the same points I would put forth about the film and the general reaction to it. Read more
Published on May 12 2006 by SRM
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost here
Loneliness is one of the most basic human emotions; when experiencing it, some people will reach out to others who understand that feeling. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2005 by E. A Solinas
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Boredom....
Before coming online to see if anyone else agreed, my first reaction when this movie ended (along with my desire for a coffee jolt) - was that this felt like "Indie For... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2004 by supervixen
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool little diddy
Well, I don't know.. I thought it was OK! I did like the cultural clashes that the main Characters found in Japan. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Amazon Customer
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