Lost In Translation.  If you couldn’t guess from my title, I just watched Lost in Translation for a second time 😉   

I didn’t like this movie the first time I saw it.  I felt as if I was gipped at the end.  However, I can see why people love it.  Sofia Coppola actually does a good job at capturing the loneliness and isolation of how it may actually feel to be an American in Japan.  Not only are you sticking out like a sore thumb, but you can barely read or understand anything (unless you have studied Japanese) and don’t forget the culture shock.

The cinematography in the movie is great.  The long camera shots of Japan’s landscape, and the clips used to capture it’s social culture such as when Charlotte walks through an arcade, or visits a temple are great as well.  I even like how the humor is subtly captured in the strip club and restaurant scenes.  

The friendship that develops between the two characters is nice.  There is a blurry line between friendships of opposite sex that cannot be denied.  Especially if both parties are going through difficult moments in life and in love.  Sometimes you have to make difficult decisions as to whether you will pursue any feelings for them or not. I like how the movie takes it’s time developing the friendship and how you can clearly feel the lonely state both of them are in, although they both have significant others.

Now that I am a few years older and wiser I can see why this movie got so many good reviews.  I had been previously disappointed by the ending because I felt it lacked resolution.  I am a sap for happy endings.  However, now that I watch it a few years later and a few years wiser I can see that it was a good ending.  It was a sweet ending of a friendship that can not cross a certain line.  It’s a realistic ending.  I would recommend watching it.  Especially if you are a fan of Japan or it’s culture.

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3 comments on ““Sucking on my titties like you wanted me”…”

  1. i've only seen this movie once and i felt the same way you did; i didn't like it that much. i thought it was overrated 😡 i think i'll have to give it a second chance though. i thought juno was sooo overrated the first time i saw it, but i liked it a lot more the second time around.

  2. I didn't think it was that great of a movie (and "Garden State" for that matter) until I began traveling quite a bit. I could relate to the characters and the situations more and just the scenery alone makes it worth watching.

  3. For me, it took a few times. I especially liked the Engrish disconnection scenes with the hotel hooker and the Suntory time. The weird thing for me was that knowing Japanese makes it funny from the other perspective with an overly pushy director who doesn't understand that Bill Murray's character has no idea what he's telling him to do. The translator keeping it stupid simple. Ah, I can't stop laughing. Check the youtube link below for hilarity.

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