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The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles

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Sadly, there are no funny alternative titles for Lost in Translation (though it is called Lost in Tokyo in Israel). Nevertheless, it's amazing what translators and marketers get from films and how they think it is best to market them to different national audiences. Read on to have your mind completely blown by some of the most nonsensical, ridiculous, and full-on spoiler giving titles of films from around the world. 

Sometimes words don't work well in other languages, that's just a fact of life and the pitfalls of local dialects. So what are the funniest foreign movie titles? Take a look here and you'll see how sometimes words do get lost in translation.

Foreign translations of film titles often end up... a little mixed up. Some make no sense at all, while some cut right to the heart of the film, by passing any artistic thought or meaning. In any case, these are the funniest, oddest, most absurd foreign translations of film titles that have been dreamt up (and released) so far.

Many of these movies can be found on Netflix or Amazon Prime (in English, of course). If you're a movie buff, also check out the Best Foreign Legion Movies, the Best Oscar-Winning Foreign Movies, and the Must-See German Movies From the 21st Century

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    Come to My Cave and Wear this Rubber Codpiece, Cute Boy

    "Come to My Cave and Wear this Rubber Codpiece, Cute Boy" (Hong Kong)
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    "O homem que matou a própria mãe" (Portugal) - "The Man Who Killed His Mother"
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    • Actors: Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, + more
    • Initial Release: 1960
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
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    "His Device Makes Him Famous" (China)
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    • Actors: Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham, Burt Reynolds, Philip Seymour Hoffman, + more
    • Initial Release: 1997
    • Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
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    "I'm a Drunk and You're a Prostitute" (Hong Kong)
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    • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Mariska Hargitay, Elisabeth Shue, Emily Procter, Valeria Golino, + more
    • Initial Release: 1995
    • Directed by: Mike Figgis
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    "Just Send Him to University Unqualified (China)
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    • Actors: Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Bronson Pinchot, + more
    • Initial Release: 1983
    • Directed by: Paul Brickman
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    "Help! My Pretend Boyfriend Is Gay" (Hong Kong)
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    • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti, Rupert Everett, Rachel Griffiths, + more
    • Initial Release: 1997
    • Directed by: P. J. Hogan
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    "So, You're a Lawyer" (Hong Kong)
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    • Actors: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Thandie Newton, Antonio Banderas, + more
    • Initial Release: 1994
    • Directed by: Neil Jordan
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    "Mr. Cat Poop" (Japan)
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    • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz, Cuba Gooding Jr., Maya Rudolph, + more
    • Initial Release: 1997
    • Directed by: James L. Brooks
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    "Mi Pobre Angelito" - "My Poor Little Angel" (Spain)
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    • Actors: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Lionel Barrymore, + more
    • Initial Release: 1990
    • Directed by: Chris Columbus
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    "The Happy Dumpling-To-Be Who Talks and Solves Agricultural Problem" (Hong Kong)
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    • Actors: Leven Rambin, Shoshana Bush, Alex Beh, Bradley Hasemeyer, Tracy Thorpe, + more
    • Initial Release: 2010
    • Directed by: Alex Beh
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    "Big Dumb Monkey Man Keeps Whacking Tree With Genitals" (Hong Kong)

    Also known as "The Jungle Died Laughing" (Israel)
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    • Actors: Brendan Fraser, John Cleese, Leslie Mann, Samantha Harris, Thomas Haden Church, + more
    • Initial Release: 1997
    • Directed by: Sam Weisman
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    "The Spy Who Spermed Me" (Norway)
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    • Actors: Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham, Will Ferrell, Rebecca Romijn, Mike Myers, + more
    • Initial Release: 1999
    • Directed by: Jay Roach
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    "Jungla de Cristal" - "Crystal Jungle" (Spanish)
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    • Actors: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Robert Davi, Kym Malin, + more
    • Initial Release: 1988
    • Directed by: John McTiernan
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    "Captain Supermarket" (Japan)
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    • Actors: Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Embeth Davidtz, Bill Moseley, + more
    • Initial Release: 1992
    • Directed by: Sam Raimi
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    "To the Devil with the Devil" (Mexico)
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    • Actors: Elizabeth Hurley, Brendan Fraser, Frances O'Connor, Brian Doyle-Murray, Orlando Jones, + more
    • Initial Release: 2000
    • Directed by: Harold Ramis
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    "Experto en Diversión" - "Expert in Fun" (Spain)
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    • Actors: Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Kristy Swanson, + more
    • Initial Release: 1986
    • Directed by: John Hughes
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    "Per favore, non toccate le vecchiette" - "Please do not touch the old women" (Italy)
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    • Actors: Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel, Dick Shawn, William Hickey, + more
    • Initial Release: 1967
    • Directed by: Mel Brooks
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    "Imaginary Dead Baseball Players Live in My Cornfield" (Hong Kong)
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    • Actors: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, + more
    • Initial Release: 1989
    • Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson
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    "Um morto muito louco" - "A very crazy dead man" (Portugal)
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    • Actors: Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Skeet Ulrich, Catherine Mary Stewart, Eloise Broady, + more
    • Initial Release: 1989
    • Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
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    "Nyolcadik utas a Halál" - "The 8th Passenger is Death" (Hungary)
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    • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, + more
    • Initial Release: 1979
    • Directed by: Ridley Scott
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