Fun With Movie Title Translations

Summary

When it comes to movie titles, a lot can be lost in translation. Slate provides some wacky examples, and asks the question: What's the weirdest movie title translation you've ever seen? Back to Article

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Helge B.

Helge Beck

The German equivalent to the French obsession with 'sexy' is an obsession with 'deadly':

Eastern Promises - Deadly Promises
Striking Distance - Deadly Proximity
Domestic Disturbance - Deadly Trust
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead - Deadly Decision (WTF!)
The Long Kiss Goodnight - Deadly Christmas
The Hurt Locker - Deadly Commando (WTF!!)
...

Feb 18 - 04:27 AM

dudemeister

dude meister

The Hangover- Very Bad Trip?? lol

Feb 18 - 02:42 PM

Helge B.

Helge Beck

Oh and we also had a period of city + animal:

Raw Deal - The City Shark
Cobra - The City Cobra
A Better Tomorrow - City Wolf

Feb 18 - 03:47 PM

anDy

Andreas Babs

Gotta love that Jewish Connection. Absolutely the entire premise of the film. >_>
That name would actually work with Pi. Maybe too well.

Feb 18 - 07:57 AM

Sputnik99

sputnik 99

I always kind of liked "Le Guerre des Etoiles" or, in direct translation, "The War of the Stars"

Translation is weird.

Feb 18 - 01:03 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

The Hangover- Very Bad Trip?? lol

Feb 18 - 02:42 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

ROTFL at Jewish Connection

Feb 18 - 02:44 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Yeah! I agree, this is a pointless article especially the fact that the name changes are necessary since in order to drive other foreigners to see the product, each country would have to know what it is first! Lot of the Hong Kong action films have like 10 different names for the two that I know about from the top of my head is SuperCop for the American title in which the original title was supposed to be "Police Story Part III: Super Cop" and Yuen Baio's masterpiece action film made in 1986 "Above The Law" was changed to "Rightings Wrongs" for American audiences because Steven Seagal's film had the exact same English title released in the US in 1988! All the frequent 're- naming' and more are appearent for the most part on imdb.com!

Feb 18 - 03:31 PM

Helge B.

Helge Beck

Yeah, it seems like this has happened to Hongkong action films everywhere, especially in the 80s and 90s. For instance, over here they turned "Just Heroes" into "Hard Boiled 2" just to cash in on the title.

Feb 18 - 03:57 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I remembered reading about that one too and the funny thing is that "Hard-boiled was made after "Just Heroes" leaving the baffling question how can a movie made in 1989 be called "Hard Boiled 2" when it was made before the original in 1992! "Just Heroes" as Hard Boiled 2 might've worked as a prequel for the studios don't seem to give the audience too much credit.

Feb 18 - 04:29 PM

Helge B.

Helge Beck

Oh and we also had a period of city + animal:

Raw Deal - The City Shark
Cobra - The City Cobra
A Better Tomorrow - City Wolf

Feb 18 - 03:47 PM

Helge B.

Helge Beck

Yeah, it seems like this has happened to Hongkong action films everywhere, especially in the 80s and 90s. For instance, over here they turned "Just Heroes" into "Hard Boiled 2" just to cash in on the title.

Feb 18 - 03:57 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I remembered reading about that one too and the funny thing is that "Hard-boiled was made after "Just Heroes" leaving the baffling question how can a movie made in 1989 be called "Hard Boiled 2" when it was made before the original in 1992! "Just Heroes" as Hard Boiled 2 might've worked as a prequel for the studios don't seem to give the audience too much credit.

Feb 18 - 04:29 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I remembered reading about that one too and the funny thing is that "Hard-boiled was made after "Just Heroes" leaving the baffling question how can a movie made in 1989 be called "Hard Boiled 2" when it was made before the original in 1992! "Just Heroes" as Hard Boiled 2 might've worked as a prequel for the studios don't seem to give the audience too much credit.

Feb 18 - 04:29 PM

Smartest Person Here

Greg Bonnette

My favorite is Avatar. It translated into "Over-blown, futuristic rip-off of Dances With Wolves".

Feb 18 - 04:53 PM

alsanali

Alsan Ali

Oh man, it's late 2009 already?

Feb 20 - 11:01 PM

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