->''"I can't tell you how many people have told me that they just don't get ''Lost in Translation.'' They want to know what it's about. They complain 'nothing happens.' They've been trained by movies that tell them where to look and what to feel, in stories that have a beginning, a middle and an end. ''Lost in Translation'' offers an experience in the exercise of empathy."''
-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert '''

''Lost In Translation'' is a 2003 film, the second to be directed by Creator/SofiaCoppola after ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides''. It stars Creator/BillMurray and Creator/ScarlettJohansson, with Giovanni Ribisi and Creator/AnnaFaris in notable supporting roles.

Bob Harris (Murray) is a Hollywood actor past his prime, who despite his fame and success feels existentially empty. He goes to Tokyo [[{{Japandering}} to play in a commercial for the Suntory whiskey brand]]. Plagued by insomnia, he meets Charlotte (Johansson), the young and bored wife of a fashion photographer (Ribisi). On the outskirts of the movie is Kelly (Faris), a movie star who is promoting her newest flick.

With too much time on their hands and no idea what to do in Japan, Bob and Charlotte drift together and become emotionally close.

Won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Original Screenplay. Boasts a great soundtrack which includes "Just Like Honey" by Music/TheJesusAndMaryChain.

!!Contains examples of:

* AmbiguousEnding / WhatNowEnding: After everything, Charlotte and Bob simply say their farewells and go back to their lives; save for the mystery of what Bob whispers to her, and the plot simply ends on a rather vague but bittersweet note.
* ArcadeSounds: Subverted; the arcade sounds in the film were not the original noises, but they're no PacManFever noises either.
* BilingualBonus: Amusing scenes in which Bob and Charlotte interact with the locals are even funnier if you understand Japanese.
** Not to mention the direction given to Bob.
--->'''The Director:''' ''(in Japanese, to his interpreter)'' The translation is very important, okay? The translation.\\
'''Interpreter:''' ''(in Japanese)'' Yes, of course. I understand.\\
'''The Director:''' ''(In Japanese, to Bob)'' Mr. Bob. You are sitting quietly in your study. And then there is a bottle of Suntory whisky on top of the table. You understand, right? With wholehearted feeling, slowly, look at the camera, tenderly, and as if you are meeting old friends, say the words. As if you are [[Creator/HumphreyBogart Bogie]] in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', saying, "Here's looking at you, kid,"—Suntory time!\\
'''The Interpreter:''' ''(In English, to Bob)'' He wants you to turn, look in camera, okay?
* TheCameo: Japanese late-night TV host Takashi Fujii, a.k.a. Matthew Minami, as himself.
* CelebrityParadox: Actually a weird subversion. While channel-surfing, Bob chances upon a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' re-run that features a younger Bill Murray, but it is implied that InUniverse it is a movie or TV show featuring Bob Harris, not Murray.
* TheChanteuse: One has an act at the five-star hotel where Bob and Charlotte are staying.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Charlotte and Bob's lunch at the ''shabu-shabu'' restaurant is fraught with tension, because Charlotte has just caught Bob sleeping with someone. Because of the UnresolvedSexualTension between the two (even though they're both married), the lunch was very awkward. The next day, as they're saying goodbye in the hotel lobby, Charlotte's in a forgiving mood. "That lunch was ''awful,"'' she says with a smile on her face. "Yeah. Who makes you cook your own ''food?"'' Bob replies.
* {{Corpsing}}: In the waiting room scene, the ladies sitting behind Bob start giggling as the old man rambles to him and he tries to make sense of it. It wasn't scripted, apparently.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bob Harris. Well, he ''is'' played by Creator/BillMurray.
** Charlotte also gets in her share of barbs.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Charlotte, and to a certain extent Bob as well.
* DumbBlonde: Kelly, the stereotypical blonde starlet who will natter on endlessly about nothing.
* {{Engrish}}: Used and {{lampshade}}d extensively.
-->"Lip my stockings!"
* ExoticBackdropSetting: Tokyo sure does look pretty.
* {{Fanservice}}: The opening close-up PantyShot of a sleeping Charlotte.
** Pretty much any time Charlotte is alone in her room. The girl does not seem to like pants, and goes barefoot a lot.
* FishOutOfWater: Both Bob and Charlotte are completely unfamiliar with Japanese culture, and find life in Tokyo endlessly baffling.
* ForeignQueasine: Bob and Charlotte go to a ''shabu-shabu'' restaurant. The menu has a bunch of identical pictures of meat. Bob points to one with disinterest and later complains about having to cook his own food.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The scene of Bob trying to reach an understanding with a Japanese native in hospital makes two ladies in the background unable to hold their laughter in.
* GenkiGirl: Kelly.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: In-universe.
** Bob Harris is apparently a fading actor, but he's popular enough in Japan to endorse liquor.
** And the Japanese apparently think Roger Moore was the best James Bond actor.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Kelly sings a song at the bar. Badly.
* {{Homage}}: The opening shot is a more fanservice-y recreation of one in ''Film/InTheMoodForLove''. The dinner scene at the Shabu-shabu restaurant is also a reference to the same movie.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Take a wild guess...
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Charlotte went to Yale.
* {{Japandering}}: The basis for Bob being in Japan.
* KaraokeBox: Bob and Charlotte go to one with their Japanese friends after a party.
* LifeOfTheParty: Subverted. As Creator/RogerEbert puts it in his [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/lost-in-translation-2003 review]] of the film: "Bob Harris, who could be funny, who could be the life of the party, who could do impressions in the karaoke bar and play games with the director of the TV commercial, but doesn't--because being funny is what he does for a living, and right now he is too tired and sad to do it for free."
* LonelyTogether: This is why Bob and Charlotte bond.
* LostInTranslation: Being the inspiration for the film's title, [[CaptainObvious this shows up a lot]].
* LoungeLizard: Bob has a one night stand with a female one.
* LuxuriousLiquor: Bill Murray's character is at one point shooting a [[https://youtu.be/qG6GaQl6wwA?t=135 commercial]] for the expensive Whiskey brand "Suntory" in which he has to convey the "Liquor is Luxury" trope. Unfortunately, he doesn't understand the director's instructions due to an [[TranslationYes inept interpreter]] so the whole shoot is a strenuous endeavor. However, the [[https://youtu.be/4gjiQwh1p6M?t=118 photo shoot]] works out much better.
* MayDecemberRomance: Transcended. The emotional bond Bob and Charlotte form can't quite be pigeonholed as romantic, though some mutual attraction is involved.
* MidlifeCrisisCar: {{Lampshade}}d. Charlotte says to Bob, "Sounds like a midlife crisis. Did you buy a Porsche yet?"
* NextThingTheyKnew: With Bob and the lounge singer.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Anna Faris's portrayal of Kelly is based on director Coppola's rather dim view of actress Cameron Diaz.
** Charlotte's husband John is thought to be a dead ringer for Coppola's ex-husband Creator/SpikeJonze, though Coppola denies this.
* PantyShot: Charlotte as seen in the very first shot of the film lying on the bed before the title of the movie fades in.
* ProductPlacement:
** "For a relaxing time, make it Suntory time."
** One scene featured a ''VideoGame/PopNMusic'' machine, in which [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGjNPp7EdsE Dream Possession]] played.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: As the title implies, the characters are alienated from their surroundings by not speaking the language or understanding the culture. This draws them to each other and causes them to do more self-examination than they otherwise would.
* RiddleForTheAges:
** What did Bob whisper in Charlotte's ear at the end? Fans have used audio enhancement to get a vague idea, but it's still unclear. Ultimately it's irrelevant--Coppola wrote no dialogue for the scene and told Murray to just say anything so she could get the shot of his lips moving.
** Also, who is the actor Bob was talking about to the waiter, the actor whom has been married a couple of times and whom Bob doesn't care is gay or not?
* ShoutOut: The opening shot is a reference to ''Film/InTheMoodForLove'', which Coppola is known to be a huge fan of.
* ShrinesAndTemples: Charlotte visits a Zen temple.
* SilentWhisper: Bob whispers something to Charlotte just before he leaves Tokyo.
* TalkShow: Bob is invited to appear on one.
* TranslationYes: The commercial director gives a long, emphatic spiel, but this is translated into curt and simplistic instructions. Bob objects that the director seemed to be saying more.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Bob and Charlotte.
* TheVoice: Bob's wife.
* WeddingsInJapan: Charlotte chances upon a traditional wedding while visiting Kyoto.
* YourCheatingHeart: Even if you don't count the tension with Charlotte, Bob still cheats on his wife with the lounge singer.