Lost in Translation script
Synopsis: A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar. They form a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful.

The set is full of activity as the JAPANESE CREW work. Bob,

in a shawl collared tuxedo sits at a European style bar set

with a cut crystal glass of whiskey. A JAPANESE GIRL quickly

powders his face as they adjust lights and the DIRECTOR and

crew speak in hurried Japanese.

The Director (with blue contact lenses) says a few long

sentences in Japanese.

TRANSLATOR, a middle-aged woman in a coordinated outfit,

translates but it is only a short sentence now.


He wants you to turn, look in camera

and say the lines.

Bob wonders what she's leaving out, or if that's the way it

works from Japanese to English.


That's all he said?


Yes, turn to camera.

Bob thinks let's just get it over with.


Turn left or right?

The Translator blots her face with a tissue, and asks the

director in a Japanese sentence 5 times as long. The Director

answers her in a long excited phrase.


Right side. And with intensity.


Is that everything? It seemed like

he was saying a lot more.

The excited Director says more in Japanese. Translator nods

in understanding. Bob doesn't really know what's going on.

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Sofia Coppola

Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American screenwriter, director, producer and actress. In 2003, she received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the comedy-drama Lost in Translation, and became the third woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. In 2010, with the drama Somewhere, she became the first American woman (and fourth American filmmaker) to win the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. Her father is director, producer and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola. more…

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