this is as close as i've ever seen to a faultless film. heartbreaking, beautiful and sublime; lost in translation never falters from the best opening shot of any film ever, to the final whispered secret. painting a whole new picture of japan, loneliness and sexual tension. the whole cast expertly portrays completely natural and convincing characters, bill murray is a lord of subtle comedy in this, and scarlett johannson makes my insides all gooey and stuff. it's just perfect.