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Burning Question

Q In ''Lost in Translation'', Bob (Bill Murray) makes a hilarious attempt at ''conversation'' with an old Japanese man in a hospital waiting room. What's the guy saying?

A ''How many years have you been in Japan?'' the ojii-san asks in Japanese, adding ''Mmmm, I don't really speak English.'' When Murray doesn't get it, the gent (Akira Motomura) opts for volume: ''Ja-pan!'' he shouts. ''How many years?!'' Murray repeats the Japanese, cracking the man up. Murray making someone laugh? That we understand.

-- NM and Nina Kunimoto

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Originally posted Oct 03, 2003 Published in issue #731 Oct 03, 2003 Order article reprints