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Sadly, no 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 a different national audience. 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 both life and the pitfalls of local dialect. So what are the funniest foreign movie titles? Take a look here and you'll see how sometimes words do get lost in translation.
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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)

    I only wish this had been the original title for "Batman and Robin." Luckily, Hong Kong exists to give it to us post-translation. With a title like that, you couldn't possibly be disappointed. In fact, going in and finding out that some crazy Elseworld's version of Batman and Robin are involved, would only make the movie more blindingly amazing rather than the pile of s**t it was.

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    If you haven't seen the movie, I'd suggest skipping over this title as it gives away the whole film.

    O homem que matou a própria mãe (Portugal) -- "The Man Who Killed His Mother"

    Release: 1960
    Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
    Produced by: Alfred Hitchcock
    Actor(s): John Gavin, Martin Balsam, Frank Killmond, Helen Wallace, Ted Knight + 27 more
    Screenplay by: Joseph Stefano
    Genre(s): Slasher, Horror Film, Thriller
    Tagline: Check in. Relax. Take a shower., It is REQUIRED That You See Psycho From the Very Beginning!
    Sequel: Psycho II
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    "His Device Makes Him Famous" (China).

    Release: 1997
    Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
    Produced by: Paul Thomas Anderson, Joanne Sellar, John S. Lyons, Lloyd Levin
    Actor(s): Nina Hartley, Robert Downey Sr., Thomas Jane, Joanna Gleason, Robert Ridgely + 17 more
    Screenplay by: Paul Thomas Anderson
    Genre(s): Indie film, Drama, Period piece, Comedy-drama, Comedy + 3 more
    Tagline: In 1977, Sex was safe. Pleasure was a business. And Business was booming., The life of a dreamer, the days of a business, and the nights in between., Everyone has one special thing.
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    Known by the more subtle title "I'm a Drunk and You're a Prostitute" in Hong Kong.

    Release: 1995
    Directed by: Mike Figgis
    Produced by: Annie Stewart, Lila Cazès
    Actor(s): Steven Weber, Emily Procter, Julian Sands, Nicolas Cage, Richard Lewis + 8 more
    Screenplay by: Mike Figgis
    Genre(s): Romance Film, Film adaptation, Indie film, World cinema, Drama + 1 more
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    Just Send Him to University Unqualified (China)

    Only in China would they emphasize the college aspect of the film "Risky Business."

    Release: 1983
    Directed by: Paul Brickman
    Produced by: Jon Avnet, Steve Tisch
    Actor(s): Sarah Partridge, Candace Collins, Karen Grossman, Jerry Tullos, Debra Dulman + 45 more
    Screenplay by: Paul Brickman
    Genre(s): Teen film, Satire, Sex comedy, Comedy-drama, Comedy
    Tagline: There's a time for playing it safe and a time for Risky Business., Meet the model son who's been good too long.
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