Lost in Translation (2003) Poster

Bill Murray: Bob Harris



  • 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.

  • Commercial Director : [in Japanese]  Mr. Bob-san, you are relaxing in your study. On the table is a bottle of Suntory whiskey. Got it? Look slowly, with feeling, at the camera, and say it gently - say it as if you were speaking to an old friend. Just like Bogie in Casablanca, "Here's looking at you, kid" - Suntory time.

    Ms. Kawasaki : Umm. He want you to turn, looking at camera. OK?

    Bob : That's all he said?

    Ms. Kawasaki : Yes. Turn to camera.

    Bob : All right. Does he want me to turn from the right, or turn from the left?

    Ms. Kawasaki : [to director, in Japanese]  Uh, umm. He's ready now. He just wants to know if he's supposed to turn from the left or turn from the right when the camera rolls. What should I tell him?

    Commercial Director : [in Japanese]  What difference does it make! Makes no difference! Don't have time for that! Got it, Bob-san? Just psych yourself up, and quick! Look straight at the camera. At the camera. And slowly. With passion. Straight at the camera. And in your eyes there's... passion. Got it?

    Ms. Kawasaki : [to Bob]  Right side. And with intensity. OK?

    Bob : Is that everything? It seemed like he said quite a bit more than that.

    Commercial Director : [to Bob, in Japanese]  Listen, listen. This isn't just about whiskey. Understand? Imagine you're talking to an old friend. Gently. The emotions bubble up from the bottom of your heart. And don't forget, psych yourself up!

    Ms. Kawasaki : Like an old friend. And, into the camera.

    Bob : OK.

    Commercial Director : [in Japanese]  Got it? You *love* whiskey. It's *Suntory* time. OK?

    Bob : OK.

    Commercial Director : OK?

    Bob : [nods] 

    Commercial Director : [to crew]  OK!

  • Bob : I don't want to leave.

    Charlotte : So don't. Stay here with me. We'll start a jazz band.

  • Bob : It gets a whole lot more complicated when you have kids.

    Charlotte : It's scary.

    Bob : The most terrifying day of your life is the day the first one is born.

    Charlotte : Nobody ever tells you that.

    Bob : Your life, as you know it... is gone. Never to return. But they learn how to walk, and they learn how to talk... and you want to be with them. And they turn out to be the most delightful people you will ever meet in your life.

    Charlotte : That's nice.

  • Bob : For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.

  • Charlotte : 25 years. That's uh, well it's impressive.

    Bob : Well you figure, you sleep one-third of your life, that knocks out eight years of marriage right there. So you're, y'know, down to 16 in change. You know you're just a teenager, at marriage, you can drive it but there's still the occasional accident.

  • 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.

  • [at a photo shoot] 

    Bob : You want more mysterious? I'll just try and think, "Where the hell's the whiskey?"

  • Stills Photographer : You know double-O-7?

    Bob : He drinks martinis, but all right.

  • Charlotte : I'm stuck. Does it get easier?

    Bob : No. - Yes, it gets easier.

    Charlotte : Oh yeah? Look at you.

    Bob : Thanks.

  • [after a long speech in Japanese] 

    Ms. Kawasaki : He want you to turn and look in camera. Okay?

    Bob : Is that all he said?

  • Charlotte : That was the worst lunch.

    Bob : So bad. What kind of restaurant makes you cook your own food?

  • Bob : Enjoy your fright.

  • 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?

  • Lydia Harris : [over the phone]  Is this a bad time?

    Bob : [pauses]  No, it's always a good time.

    Lydia Harris : The burgundy carpet is out of stock: it's going to take twelve weeks. Did you like any of the other colors?

    Bob : Whatever you like - I'm just completely lost.

    Lydia Harris : It's just carpet.

    Bob : That's not what I'm talking about.

    Lydia Harris : What are you talking about?

    Bob : I don't know. I just want to... get healthy. I would like to start taking better care of myself. I'd like to start eating healthier - I don't want all that pasta. I would like to start eating like Japanese food.

    Lydia Harris : [icily]  Well, why don't you just stay there and you can have it every day?

    Bob : [biting his tongue]  How are the kids doing?

    Lydia Harris : They're fine. They miss their father.


    Lydia Harris : Do I need to worry about you, Bob?

    Bob : Only if you want to.

  • Charlotte : So, what are you doing here?

    Bob : Uh, a couple of things. Taking a break from my wife, forgetting my son's birthday. And, uh, getting paid two million dollars to endorse a whiskey when I could be doing a play somewhere.

    Charlotte : Oh.

    Bob : But the good news is, the whiskey works.

  • Bob : Enjoy my jacket, which you stole from me.

  • [Bob is exercising on the step machine, trying to adjust the settings that are only in Japanese. He hits a button that only makes the machine go faster and faster] 

    Bob : Help!

  • Bob : What are you doing?

    Charlotte : My husband's a photographer, so he's here working. I wasn't doing anything so I came along.

    Bob : What do you do?

    Charlotte : I'm not sure yet, actually.

  • Charlotte : Why do they switch the r's and the l's here?

    Bob : Uh... for yuks. You know? Just to mix it up.

    Bob : They have to amuse themselves, 'cause we're not making them laugh.

  • Charlotte : [Bob is recollecting when he first saw Charlotte, in the elevator]  Did I scowl at you?

    Bob : No, you smiled.

    Charlotte : I did?

    Bob : Yes, it was a complete accident. A freak. I haven't seen it since. Just that one time.

    [Charlotte smiles] 

    Bob : Like that, but bigger... bigger... mm-hmm... well, not that big!

  • Bob : I was feeling tight in the shoulders and neck, so I called down and had a Shiatsu massage in my room...

    Charlotte : Mmh, that's nice!

    Bob : And the tightness has completely disappeared and been replaced by unbelievable pain.

    [Charlotte laughs] 

  • Charlotte : [after Bob tells her of his back pain]  I'm in pain, I got my foot banged up. Wanna see it?

    Bob : [to Chef, sarcastically]  How do you say no?

    [sees the foot] 

    Bob : Oh, my gosh! When did you do this?

    Charlotte : I did it the other day, it hurts, y'know?

    Bob : Didn't you feel any pain?

    Charlotte : Yeah, it really hurt.

    Bob : That toe is almost dead.

    [Charlotte laughs] 

    Bob : I think I got to take you to a doctor, you can't just put that back in the shoe. Well, you either go to a doctor or you leave it here.

    [regarding Chef] 

    Bob : He's smiling. You like that idea? See they love black toe in this country.

    [Charlotte continues laughing] 

  • Premium Fantasy woman : You like massage?

    Bob : I don't think I like massage anymore.

  • Bob : I don't get that close to the glass until I'm on the floor.

  • Bob : You're not hopeless.

  • Stills Photographer : Are you drinking, no?

    Bob : Am I drinking? As soon as I'm done.

  • Bob : [Karaoke Party]  More than this, you know there's nothing. More than this, just tell me one thing.

  • [first lines] 

    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 : What did you study?

    Charlotte : Philosophy.

    Bob : There's a lot of money in that racket. You just have to work out all the angles.

  • [last lines] 

    Bob : Bye.

    Charlotte : Bye.

    Bob : Bye.

    [Bob leaves Charlotte and walks back to his waiting taxi] 

    Bob : [to taxi driver]  All right.

  • Bob : Short and sweet? How very Japanese of you.

  • Charlotte : [making fun of his one-night stand]  She's older. At least you'll have lots to talk about...

    Bob : I can't believe you couldn't find anyone else to lavish you with attention.

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