Lost in Translation

48 ratings since posting on Wednesday, July 7, 2004
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Plastic pistols
Just a movie - Amanda , posted 07/19/08
Cee
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frustrating
I think everyone thinks this is a great art movie - i thought it was pretty crap and gratuitous, some mild pseudo nudity, decidely dubious relationships and base values. I wouldnt care to watch again. See it if you must - if only to get a better understanding of how bizarre it must be to be a westerner in Japan. - Cee , posted 06/07/07
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Amatuer Film Making
Amateurish effort at best, boom shots, technical errors, a cop out of an ending. If it didn’t feature legitimate film stars it would be a joke. Might be the worst script to win an Academy Award ever. - Jimmy , posted 01/13/06
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yawn....
man.... watching grass grow is more exciting then this movie.... - Unsubscribed , posted 01/05/06
*****
Loved it!
Dying to know what Bob whispered at the end!! - Andrea , posted 12/03/05
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lost in translation
fantastic film. everything about it is fantastic. - SiAN , posted 11/30/05
*****
Perfect.
no more need be said. watch this film. - Jesse , posted 11/16/05
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it was just a good movie
Gee I read all the reviews. Sounds like some of you need to get out more. Good story about two lonely people that that can't fit in in a foreign land (or don't want to). Who in actuality are a little more ordinary than they want to admit. Though separated by a generation, they have a lot in common. At the end, you're not sure if they are in love or just wont get the chance to be friends. Tell you the truth, doesn't matter works anyway.

Great story, sorry I can't show my innate knowledge of the cinematic arts and my insight into what is great and classic. I just liked it.

If you pretend you are FF Copola or Alfred Hitchcock, you might not like it, but you probably have other problems anyway.

Mikearama - mikearama , posted 10/30/05
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Somewhat watchable
Synopsis: 2 has-beens have an affair while being surrounded by Japanese stereotypes.

The whole "stranger in a strange land" theme is well done and you do feel something for Bill Murray as he tries to connect on some level with the inscrutable Japanese. But, there isn't much more to it. The whole experience left me feeling bummed out. - Smasharolla , posted 08/25/05
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Movie Soundtrack!
Def one of the best soundtracks in years and movie worth a watch, confusion caught on film. - william , posted 08/19/05
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a work of art
i truly belive its best to watch a film for the first time alone with no expectations...
it is so easy to diss a flick but so hard to make a good one...
this film is great from start to finish - Unsubscribed , posted 07/27/05
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Wish there were more like it
This is a great film for romantics and xenophiles. Coppola neatly documents the dissolution of her marriage to Spike Jonze and leaves viewers wondering- so who is the Bill Murray character in real life? She nicely captures Tokyo in all its strangeness- it looks like the setting for a William Gibson story now, in real life. The mood is quiet, quirky and elegiac and Murray and Johansen's chemistry is clear, strong and compelling. We see the events in the film through the eyes of the characters and only later figure out what is happening between the lines. For instance, a character's walk-on reveals to us that not only Johansen's husband a workaholic, he's also busy screwing other women. Murray's character seems to be oblivious about himself and totally disconnected fromhis distant wife. The ending is beautifully ambiguous and poignant. You'll want to watch it again in hopes the ending will change.

A fantastic work of art from a young female film-maker that will delight all comers. - Unsubscribed , posted 07/16/05
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Sneaker flick
This film....... jesus, I thought this was gonna be typical "everyone-in-austin-ought-to-like-it-because-it's-artsy-trash, but in all seriousness, it was really good. I own this now. I watch this film at least once a week.... that's sayin' something. Sophia C. really shines with this (I suspect almost autobiographical) depiction of loneliness in a foreign land. It seems that for every pang of solitude you get a nice dose of comic relief to dull the stab. I cannot say enough good things about this movie... Bill Murray doing karaoke: priceless. Watch this now. - Josh , posted 07/05/05
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lost in translation
im not a big movie person but i actuallt bought the dvd everytime i watch it i catch something new. i know people who went to japan and they all say the movie catches the culture differences quite well - michael , posted 07/05/05
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it lingers
it seems to me that movies all too often aspire to project an ideal... but this film, despite the foreign context (lit. and fig.), contains tangible emotions and human flaws, conveyed beautifully by murray and johansson. download the soundtrack, too. (ps: the song you were *really* looking for is by peaches. guilty pleasure. ;) - Kate , posted 06/26/05
*****
Terrific Movie
Subtle, beautiful film of alienation and yearning. I was originally quite skeptical of Sophia as a film maker, but Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation's made a fan of me. - Julie Pirate , posted 06/18/05
*****
Beautiful, lyrical, loving. A different experience each time.
This film is like any great book-the story becomes deeper and more rich each time you immerse yourself in it. You find more backstory, more nuance and subtlety, and ultimately, a more beautiful, human, and vulnerable tale. I rarely buy DVDs, but this one is on my "must-have" list. - Dorsie , posted 05/22/05
*****
Most wonderful
Stunning visually, moving emotionally, and very stimulating intellectually.

I adore Tokyo. If you've been there, the feelings you derive from the movie are intense.

I also like the implication of sexual attraction, and the romance in the film. - Jennifer , posted 05/04/05
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snapshot
I thought it captured very well the bizarre feeling of being in Tokyo that I felt when I visited for 10 days. - erraticBehavior , posted 04/18/05
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Unique, Subtle and Expressive
I saw this film before it came out in theaters.

My friend had called me on my way over. He was telling me about visiting the Modigliani Paintings at LACMA. I told him I was heading over to watch Sophie Coppola's new film.

Sophie was there talking about it. I knew that the art of her film came from within her. So I caught it. Like that. You know afterwards.

Thats the thing. You want to have unique things in your life, experiences, you have to make them that way.

You want to have everything the way everybody else does, then that is what its gonna be.

I viewed it for what it was. Autobiographical.

I thought it to be a very sweet story. Nice film.

Ciao. Bonheur. - Unsubscribed , posted 04/17/05
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*****
hits the nail on the head
a film that shows the vulnerability of people in the situation of animal-in-the-zoo-foreigner in a strange land is sure to catch pplz attention and ire/admiration.

try living in a foreign country in asia, and you might see why this flick hit some good points - Unsubscribed , posted 04/16/05
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*****
absolutely loved it!
i really enjoyed the "feel" of this movie... sophia always puts a lot interesting human dynamics in her films. (also loved virgin suicides!) its true how even living in a big city surrounded by millions of people you can feel isolated and alone. finding a connection with others is what its all about. a great film!!! - Unsubscribed , posted 04/15/05
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Lost in Pretention
If you know exactly nothing about what makes a movie great, or even very good, and you don't care, then chances are you will enjoy this movie.
A few things were done correctly, all else was not. The casting was fine. The pacing was fine, the score was fine. The cinematography was especially good. The story, lackluster. The acting, dull. The direction well, it was really quite weak.

I don't understand why people made quite the fuss they did over this piece of crap, but I can guarantee you, it will not hold up.

I suspect that folks warmed to it because of Bill's presence. Because you want to like him, and you want to like Sophia Coppola. That doesn't make for a good film. Hell, that doesn't even make for a good home movie. - leslie , posted 04/01/05
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One of my all time favorites.
I loved this film, I thought it was one of, if not the best perfomance by Bill Murray, and Scarlett Johansen's was subtle, sweet and moving.

Also, as a half Japanese person, I can't say that I was offended by what some have said were racist jokes. On the contrary, I thought it was quite funny, and having lived in Japan, it made me 'homesick'.
- J.B. , posted 03/11/05
*****
Wonderful
Wonderful film... intimate and real in a way that most films never approach. If you need a conventional film, this is not the film for you. If you need outrage, blood, cynicism... this film is not for you. Two real people... people you might know, and their brief walk together.

Very moving... - Spaceman Spiff , posted 03/08/05
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Disappointing
I saw this film with the expectation of 'best film of the year' which I had gotten from a film student friend of mine.
I was sorely disappointed. I liked the association with drying paint.
Great cinematography, good acting, ok directing, and sub-par writing all together make a film to be loved by those who don't really care too the film they are watching is about.
I think this film won 'best screenplay' or something along those lines, which shows just how greatly my opinion differs from that of the film academy. - Unsubscribed , posted 02/21/05
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not that good after all
good film but bill is an awful man. couldn't eparate the man from the performance so didn't really get into it - Rebecca , posted 02/09/05
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Are you awake?
I liked this film a lot. What it suggests to me is a kind of modern Bronte novel. The unrequited love which transcends love.

I understand now that it is based upon reality. I seem to remember reading something online about Johannsen's character being Coppola and Murray's character being Harrison Ford. - Calpurnius , posted 01/30/05
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Lost in translation
Something was lost in translation for me! - despite its brilliant revues and watching it with an open mind..... I felt likeit was like watching paint dry. - Lynda , posted 01/26/05
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Hard to watch, but left impression
I agree with not liking the anti-Japanese, the sentimentality, the asexuality, etc... all making this hard to watch; however the visuals were highly compelling. Director of photography did very well. - Unsubscribed , posted 01/26/05
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a bit pretentious and boring
Couldn't wait for it to end. The anti Japanese jokes left a bad taste in my mouth. - Unsubscribed , posted 01/25/05
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but what was up with the weird racist pallor hanging over the film?
I loved the end - I thought it would turn out differently. I like that we don't know what he says to her. I like those intimate moments in film. And the soundtrack is *gorgeous*. But there is an unnecessary racism in it. I expect more from Sofia Coppola - I loved The Virgin Suicides, and to me she's a "young director," so she (or one of her people) should know better. The whole "rip my stockings" section - I think somebody thought it was going to be hilarious, but I just found it racist, sexist and pathetic. Overall, somewhat uneven, with some pretty sections. - meagan , posted 01/19/05
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Good Movie
The best thing about this movie was how different it was. I would watch it again. - pdale , posted 12/29/04
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Signifigantly less than stellar
Everytime I watch this movie I am more and more disappointed. Murray is great, but cannot carry the fact that this movie is simply not good. Also there are some very nice shots. The substance however falls far short, the dialog is awkward in all the wrong places and rather trite. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad movie, but far from a good one too. - Cshell , posted 12/22/04
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Highly recommended
Great stuff from director Sofia Coppola. The best is yet to come from this emerging star. - Ken , posted 09/27/04
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Highly unexpected, sexual, tragicaly romantic
you actualy have to sit down and watch this movie to feel the whole impact, you can't be running around folding laundry or cleaning. - Nicole , posted 09/06/04
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liked it but would have been happier renting
i saw the premier at telluride film fest. i thought it would make a great rental. never expected it to be so big. guess the american public likes an indy film they can easily consume (ie. adding a namebrand like murry). - mark , posted 07/07/04
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lots of great scenes, great performance by murray
But ultimately a movie about nothing. Some instant classic scenes though, the 'loger moore' scene, the horrible lounge band. The director also did a great job of capturing and conveying the central characters' underlying sadness with the way the film was shot. - Matt , posted 07/07/04
*****
Captured one fragment of the expat's life well
There was lots I could relate to in it, and the scenes of Shinjuku and Shibuya were masterful. - C.J. , posted 07/07/04
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ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzz
Sorry Alex. It hurt me. Wanted it to end, but it just wouldn't. - Lisa , posted 07/07/04
*****
I really loved this movie
Completely engrossing and beautifully shot. - Alex , posted 07/07/04

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