Saturday, January 20, 2007

Chinese Translation of English Movie Titles

So while we are thinking about Chinese movies (previous post refers) you might enjoy the following "top 15" Chinese Translations of English movie titles.

15. "Pretty Woman" -- "I Will Marry a Prostitute to Save Money"
14. "Face/Off" -- "Who Is Face Belonging To? I Kill You Again, Harder!"
13. "Leaving Las Vegas" -- "I'm Drunk And You're a Prostitute"
12. "Interview With The Vampire" -- "So, You Are a Lawyer?"
11. "The Piano" -- "Ungrateful Adulteress! I Chop Off Your Finger!"
10. "My Best Friend's Wedding" -- "Help! My Pretend Boyfriend Is Gay!"
9. "George of the Jungle" -- "Big Dumb Monkey-Man Keeps Whacking Tree With Genitals"
8. "Scent of a Woman" -- "Great Buddha! I Can Smell You From Afar! Take a Bath, Will You?!"
7. "Love, Valour, Compassion!" -- "I Am That Guy From Seinfeld So It's Acceptable for Straight People to Enjoy This Gay Movie"
6. "Babe" -- "The Happy Dumpling-to-be Who Talks And Solves Agricultural Problems"
5. "Twister" -- "Run! Ruuunnnn! Cloudzillaaaaa!"
4. "Field of Dreams" -- "Imaginary Dead Baseball Players Live in My Cornfield"
3. "Barb Wire" -- "Delicate Orbs of Womanhood Bigger Than Your Head Can Hurt You"
2. "Batman & Robin" -- "Come to My Cave and Wear This Rubber Codpiece, Cute Boy"
1. "The Crying Game" -- "Oh No! My Girlfriend Has a Penis!"

Having enjoyed the list you need to know the Chinese usually do better than that and that this list was invented by a couple of guys with a sense of humour. But that did not stop the NYT, CBS and the LA Times publishing these as gospel. Apparently this list is in fact copyright by Chris White and Ziff Davis, Inc. And there are more like it at http://www.topfive.com

28 comments:

Pull Up A Chair said...

You left out:

"Red Dragon" -- "Red Dragon"

Okay, it isn't funny but I was thinking I'd see it on the list. You gave me big smile G.I. Joe.

Morgen said...

Next time we have a Tornado Warning here in the Midwest USA, I am so screaming "Cloudzilla!"

Thanks for the laughs,
mo

the awkward epiphany said...

i was horrified by the lack of creativity in chinese culture until number 9 confirmed to me that these are jokes. and then you confirmed it again. whew.

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

That was really funny...my faves were numbers 1, 5, 9, 12 and 13.

Analia said...

Very funny!! I really loved this post, you make me smile a lot!

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I am a native Chinese, I dropped by and saw this. But it's ridiculous we never translated in that way. For those I know, "Interview with the Vampire" is translated actually "To interview the vampire at night";"The Piano" is "Piano love tune";"My Best Friend's Wedding"-"My Best Friend's Wedding";"Scent of a Woman"-"Woman Scent";"Batman & Robin"-"Batman & Robin";"The Crying Game"-"The Crying Game" Anyway I guess blogger is amusing whoever is to be amused that's all.

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