A Tokyo Rose
Lost in Translation
Review by Ross Anthony

A slow gentle get-away. A good film to watch if you need a reprieve from your significant other -- or perhaps with that significant other.

Lost in Translation Bill Murray plays Bob Harris, a married middle-aged actor in Tokyo for a short week to shoot some whiskey ads. Bored and un-amused, he's crawling up the walls to get out of the place, until he meets Charlotte, a young bored and un-amused American woman who's in Tokyo with her working husband. The two (Bob and Charlotte) relax into a light lovely friendship.

It's a film of few words, so if you don't like a leisurely pace, you'll be happier skipping it. This is also not the wacky SNL Bill Murray. An abstract meditation on life, self, marriage (not into any great depth, but a start) with a few accents of humor -- shot entirely in Japan.

The film's subtle climax seems purposely clouded. A whisper by Bob to Charlotte is inaudible. The mystery ads a nice touch. Didn't find the redhead experience relevant or necessary, rather a hinder. Lastly, a few dazzling lights of Tokyo shots could have been cut.

  • Lost in Translation. Copyright © 2003. Rated R.
  • Starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, Fumihiro Hayashi.
  • Written & Directed by Sofia Coppola.
  • Produced by Ross Katz, Sofia Coppola at Focus Features/Tohokushinsha/American Zoetrope/Elemental (c) 2003. 102 minutes.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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