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.
Genre: Drama
Year:
2003
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FADE IN:

EXT. NARITA AIRPORT - NIGHT

We hear the sound of a plane landing over black.

CUT TO:

INT. CHARLOTTE'S ROOM - NIGHT

The back of a GIRL in pink underwear, she leans at a big

window, looking out over Tokyo.

CUT TO:

Melodramatic music swells over the Girl's butt in pink sheer

underwear as she lies on the bed.

TITLE CARDS OVER IMAGE.

LOST IN TRANSLATION

INT. CAR - NIGHT

POV from a car window - the colors and lights of Tokyo neon

at night blur by.

CUT TO:

In the backseat of a Presidential limousine, BOB (late-

forties), tired and depressed, leans against a little doily,

staring out the window.

P.O.V. from car window- We see buildings covered in bright

signs, a billboard of Brad Pitt selling jeans, another of

Bob in black & white,looking distinguished with a bottle of

whiskey in a Suntory ad... more signs, a huge TV with perky

Japanese pop stars singing.

CUT TO:

EXT. PARK HYATT - NIGHT

Bob's black Presidential (looks like a 60's diplomat's car)

pulls up at the entrance of the Park Hyatt, a modern sky

rise.

The automatic doors open on the car, as Bob gets out. Eager

BELLHOPS with white gloves approach at the sight of the car,

welcoming Bob and helping him with his bags.

CUT TO:

INT. PARK HYATT - NIGHT

Bob stands in the back of a crowded elevator surrounded by

Japanese businessmen below his shoulders.

The elevator stops at the 50th floor and the doors open onto

the massive, streamline lobby of the Park Hyatt.

Bob follows the JAPANESE BUSINESSMEN out into the marble and

glass lobby that frames the view of Tokyo.

The CONCIERGE and several eager HOTEL MANAGERS greet Bob. He

just wants to sleep, but more STAFF continue to greet him,

ask him about his fright. They lead him to reception.

INT. HOTEL RECEPTION - NIGHT

At the reception area four JAPANESE BUSINESSMEN and two WOMEN

quickly sit up from their seats on sight of Bob, and extend

handshakes and gifts. They bow and introduce themselves from

the commercial company, extend name cards and welcome him

enthusiastically.

More staff welcomes him and offer their service during his

stay.

One of them presents a fax that has come for him.

INSERT -

"TO:
BOB HARRIS

FROM:
LYDIA HARRIS

YOU FORGOT ADAM'S BIRTHDAY.

I'M SURE HE'LL UNDERSTAND.

HAVE A GOOD TRIP, L"

He doesn't know what to do with it, and stuffs it in his

pocket.

The commercial people tell him when they'll be picking him

up, and ask if he needs anything else.

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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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