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Bill Murray with his handy Japanese phrasebook, “Making Out in Japanese”via YouTube

Let Bill Murray teach you naughty Japanese phrases

In this under-appreciated clip from the set of Lost in Translation, Murray gives a quick lesson in the language of love

Leave it to Bill Murray to procure a wanton phrasebook called Making Out In Japanese. Bought in 1988, it’s been a trusted companion that ended up glued to his back pocket while filming Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. When he did his Reddit AMA, one user asked about the oddest experience he had while in Japan. This was his reply:

“I would go to sushi bars with a book I had called Making Out In Japanese. It was a small paperback book, with questions like ‘Can we get into the back seat?’ ‘Do your parents know about me?’ ‘Do you have a curfew?’ And I would say to the sushi chef ‘Do you have a curfew? Do your parents know about us? And can we get into the back seat?’ And I would always have a lot of fun with that, but that one particular day, he said, ‘Would you like some fresh eel?’ and I said, ‘Yes I would.’ So he came back with a fresh eel, a live eel, and then he walked back behind a screen and came back in 10 seconds with a no-longer-alive eel. It was the freshest thing I had ever eaten in my life. It was such a funny moment to see something that was alive that no longer was alive, that was my food, in 30 seconds.”

Watch a short behind-the-scenes clip of his favourite Japanese chat-up lines: