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23 Movie Titles That Were Lost In Translation

Translation, Culture Anthony Toronto on Aug 5, 2016 9:11:57 AM

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 Movie cover of Grease

Movies have become a gigantic global business. Some of America’s most popular imports and biggest cultural influences are cinema-related. Because of this, movies often remind us that translation is not always an exact science. One of the reasons human translators will never go out of style is that people can interpret ideas and concepts in ways that a machine never could. But even with human translators, the nuances that exist within and between languages can sometimes have hilarious results.

 

For some movie titles, a translator may opt for the most literal translation of the words. Sometimes, however, literal translation is not an option. Some titles require the translator to relay the subtle meaning behind a group of words that might not have an exact equivalent in the target language. As a result, bridging the gap between the two cultures often requires the translator to flex a bit of creative muscle.

We’re not sure how the following titles were translated, but something curious happened in the process before they were translated back to English. Here are 23 of the funniest examples:

China

  1. Pretty Women - I Will Marry a Prostitute to Save Money

    2. Closer - Closer: Too Close

    3. Knocked Up - One Night, Big Belly

    4. The Professional - This Hit Man Is Not as Cold as He Thought 

    5. American Pie - American Virgin Men

    6. The Sixth Sense - He’s a Ghost!

The Sixth Sense movie cover

Mexico

    7. Snatch - Pigs and Diamonds

Argentina

    8. Grease - Vaseline

Japan

   9. You only Live Twice - 007 Dies Twice

   10. Leaving Las Vegas - I’m Drunk and You’re a Prostitute

   11. Army of Darkness - Captain Supermarket

Army of Darkness movie cover

Brazil

   12.No Country For Old Men - No Place for the Weak

No country for old men movie cover

Italy

   13. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - If You Leave Me,

         I Delete You

Sweden

   14. Swingers - Hey, Where Are The Babies?

 Swingers movie cover

France

   15. Home Alone - Mom, I Missed the Plane

   16. Step Up - Sexy Dance

Thailand

   17. The Water Boy - Dimwit Surges Forth

   18. Meet the Parent Little Fockers - Zany Son-in-Law,

         Zippy Grandkids, Sour Father-in-Law

Norway

   19. Die Hard - Action Skyscraper

Spain

   20. The Dark Night - The Knight of the Night

Denmark

   21. Die Hard: With A Vengeance - Die Hard: Mega Hard

Israel

   22. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs - Rain of Falafel

Malaysia

   23. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - Austin Powers: The          Spy Who Behaved Very Nicely Around Me

  Austin Powers the spy who shagged me

 

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