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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