I'm not sure if many people realize how this fantastic film can viewed from quite an autobiographical
The character of Charlotte, played with extreme brilliance by Scarlett Johansson, is a New York native. She has an artistic yet overworking husband John (Giovanni Ribisi) who ignites some negative feelings when he is sidetracked in his line of work with a high profile beautiful Hollywood blonde named Kelly (Anna Faris). During the trip to Tokyo that the movie profiles, Charlotte is often quite bored, yet finds solace through a native who knows the town quite well named Charlie Brown (Fumihiro Hayashi) and an older American man in town to shoot ads for Suntory Whiskey
Sofia Coppola, who wrote and directed "Lost in Translation" is a New York native herself. During production of Lost in Translation, Sophia had been married to Spike Jonze, a very well known filmmaker. In 2003 the couple divorced after spending most of the summer away from each other, and PageSix Online ran a quote that had a friend of Sophia saying "Sofia is fed up with Spike being completely obsessed with his career. And she never sees him anymore. Plus, he doesn't want kids and she does."
When Spike Jonze was making his 1999 film Being John Malkovich, he spent a very sizable amount of time with one of the films stars, Cameron Diaz, who is quite the high profile beautiful Hollywood blonde. Many people have compared the Anna Faris character of Kelly with Cameron Diaz.
And while such a trip to Tokyo never seems to have occurred in Sofia's life, her father, Francis Ford Coppola did once travel to Tokyo in the 1970s to shoot a Suntory Whiskey commercial with legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Not to mention that Fumihiro Hayashi, the man who plays Charlie Brown, is a Tokyo native, a friend of Sofia's and when she is in town, he frequently guides her around.
Now while most of this is interesting, Sofia did address one of these issues publicly. In a 2004 Entertainment Weekly interview in which she denied throwing jabs at Cameron Diaz with the Anna Faris character.
I'm not saying that every single event in this film happened to Sofia, for I seriously doubt that she really find solace in an older man while Spike Jonze was overworking himself. Yet I think "Lost in Translation" has many more autobiographical aspects than people give it credit for. Perhaps that's why the movie seems to ring so true.