“Lost In Translation”! The Magic Of Bill Murray’s Tokyo! Neon Nightlife! Shibuya To You Too!

best bill murray movie lost-in-translation

“Let’s never come here again because it would never be as much fun.”

These words are spoken about the incredible city of Tokyo – from a movie that captures the energy, enthusiasm and mystery of one of the most magical cities in the world!


Behold The Majesty Of “Lost In Translation”!

Here is the film’s trailer:

Bill Murray has said that “Lost In Translation” is the favorite film he’s made…here is the plot:

Bill Murray Suntory-time

Murray is Bob Harris, a big movie star who is in Tokyo to appear in a Suntory Whisky commercial, while also escaping an unhappy personal life back home.

Aug 29, 2003; Hollywood, CA, USA; SCARLETT JOHANSSON as Charlotte and BILL MURRAY as Bob Harris in the dramatic comedy Lost

Aug 29, 2003; Hollywood, CA, USA; SCARLETT JOHANSSON as Charlotte and BILL MURRAY as Bob Harris in the dramatic comedy Lost

While in Tokyo, he meets Charlotte, the young wife of a photographer. The film tells the story of the friendship that develops between them, with the city of Tokyo playing a major character as well.


The film was directed by Sofia Coppola, who exhibits a confidence and energy in her direction…



Tokyo Is One Of The Movie’s Best Actors!

One of the film’s many joys is how Coppola captures the energy and excitement of Tokyo – using iconic locations and the amazing visuals of the city…so that the city plays a major role in the movie…

best bill murray movie lost-in-translation

This is also one of Scarlett Johansson’s most nuanced performances, and she totally holds her own opposite Murray…


One of the movie’s most iconic images is also one of the first: and it was a bit controversial at the time, although male fans of Johansson’s certainly loved it:

Scarlett Johansson nude

Scarlett Johansson said that she was reluctant to be filmed in practically transparent panties until Sofia Coppola modeled the panties herself to show her how they would look – and it’s now the most iconic image from the movie…


Scarlett’s husband is played by Giovanni Ribisi, a Professional Photographer who takes his wife along with him to Tokyo to film a ditzy movie star. Rumors have abounded that the character Anna Farris plays in the film was based on Cameron Diaz. Sofia was around her while Diaz made “Being John Malkovich with Sofia’s ex-husband Spike Jonz.

Cameron diaz lost in translation

Coppola has denied it, but the “space cadet” blonde actress in the film has the style and tone of Diaz without a doubt:

Kelly: Everybody is always, like, “Kelly, you are anorexic.” And, I’m like, “No, I’m not.” I eat all kinds… I eat so much junk food, you wouldn’t believe it. I’d have a heart attack…
John: I thought you were anorexic…
Kelly: Everybody does…
John: [gesturing with his hands] Yeah, because you look so…
Kelly: [enthusiastically] Thank you. I know!

Sofia Coppola Bill Murray

Another funny scene involves a woman sent to Murray’s hotel room to “entertain” him…but he was sent a dominatrix!

Premium Fantasy woman: Mr. Kazu sent me, premium fantasy. My stockings. Rip them.
[sounds like “lip them”]
Premium Fantasy woman: Rip my stockings. Yes, please, rip them!
Bob: What?
Premium Fantasy woman: Rip them. HEY! Rip my stocking!!!
Bob: Hey? Lip them? Lip them? What?

This movie gets better every time I watch it…and the ending is sublime…movies like this are so magical – and of course, Tokyo has never looked more alive…

tokyo tourism

I love following people in their career, especially when they continue to grow the quality of work they do – for example, here’s another Scarlett Johansson movie I love as well:

match_point poster

Johansson is terrific in this dark Woody Allen thriller – read all about “Match Point” and Woody Allen’s infidelity trilogy by clicking on my story here:


And of course, the city of Tokyo is a main character in “Lost In Translation”:

tokyo neon night lights

The neon of the city is amazing to behold – and there is a great video that captures the city in a special way:

Mirrored Tokyo

Check out Tokyo – through a mirror! Just click on my story here:


I have been able to visit Tokyo four times, and I love the city…here is one reason:

tokyo cosplay maids

Even the people of Tokyo are lit up and magical – read all about this colorful city by clicking on my story here:


Shopping in Tokyo is as colorful as the rest of the city:

Tokyo shopping

Check out some of the most entertaining areas to shop in Tokyo by clicking on my story here:


And of course, the nightlife is incredible as well:

alex sim-wise bar

I got to tour Tokyo’s incredible nightlife scene with Alex Sim-Wise, one of G4’s great Hosts….see that story here:


And let me know what you think of “Lost In Translation!”

best bill murray movie lost-in-translation

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  1. Recently watched this again and still was touched by its story. I reviewed it too.

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