Lost in Translation
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Bob Harris is an American film actor, far past his prime. He visits Tokyo to appear in commercials, and he meets Charlotte, the young wife of a visiting photographer. Bored and weary, Bob and Charlotte make ideal if improbable traveling companions. Charlotte is looking for "her place in life," and Bob is tolerating a mediocre stateside marriage. Both separately and together, they live the experience of the American in Tokyo. Bob and Charlotte suffer both confusion and hilarity due to the cultural and language differences between themselves and the Japanese. As the relationship between Bob and Charlotte deepens, they come to the realization that their visits to Japan, and one another, must soon end. Or must they?
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Charlotte: "Why do they switch the R's and the L's here?" Bob: "Uh... for yuks, you know? Just to mix it up. They have to amuse themselves, 'cause we're not making them laugh."
Bob: "I was feeling tight in the shoulders and neck, so I called down and had a Shiatsu massage in my room..." Charlotte: "Mmm, that's nice!" Bob: "And the tightness has completely disappeared and been replaced by unbelievable pain."
Premium Fantasy woman: "Oh Mr. Harris! Don't touch me! Mr. Bob Harris! Just rip my stocking!"
Charlotte: "I just don't know what I'm supposed to be." Bob: "You'll figure that out. The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you."
Premium Fantasy woman: "Mr. Kazu sent me, premium fantasy. My stockings. Rip them. 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?"
Ms. Kawasaki: "Welcome to Tokyo." Bob: "Thank you very much." Ms. Kawasaki: "My name is Kawasaki. Nice to meet you." Bob: "I've heard of you. Thank you."
Bob: "Can you keep a secret? I'm trying to organize a prison break. I'm looking for, like, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or you out?" Charlotte: "I'm in. I'll go pack my stuff." Bob: "I hope that you've had enough to drink. It's going to take courage."
Bob: "For relaxing times, make it Suntory time."