Both the book Angela's Ashes and the movie Lost in Translation are stories about the strength of the human spirit and about the ways people can find hope and faith even in the face of loss and suffering. In the movie Lost in Translation, Charlotte, a young American woman, feels ill-at-ease while staying in Tokyo, as she is growing more distant from her husband. Another guest at her hotel, a middle-age actor named Bob Harris, is also facing a disintegrating marriage, and the two bond over their suffering. From their pain comes friendship and connection.
In Angela's Ashes, the young Frankie faces misfortunes, as his family suffers the loss of several children and they live in dire poverty after having moved back to Ireland from New York. However, Frank is able to find a love of literature and books while recovering from illness in a Catholic hospital. This love of literature later enables him to become a writer. Therefore, from his illness comes his introduction to, and love of, books and writing.
In both the movie and the book, the characters are caught between cultures. Frank McCourt's family returns to Ireland from New York, but Frank dreams of going back to New York. In Lost in Translation, Bob and Charlotte, who are both American, feel like outsiders in Japan and develop a friendship in part because they are far from home.