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The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles

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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  1. 7

    "So, You're a Lawyer" (Hong Kong)

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    Actors: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, Thandie Newton + 39 more
    Initial Release: 1994
    Directed by: Neil Jordan
    Produced by: David Geffen, Stephen Woolley
    Screenplay by: Anne Rice
    Genres (Film): Drama, Horror Film, Fantasy
    Tagline: Drink from me and live forever.
    Sequel: Queen of the Damned
  2. 8

    "Mr. Cat Poop" (Japan)

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    Actors: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Julie Benz, Maya Rudolph + 71 more
    Initial Release: 1997
    Directed by: James L. Brooks
    Produced by: James L. Brooks, Kristi Zea, Bridget Johnson
    Screenplay by: James L. Brooks, Mark Andrus
    Genres (Film): Romance Film, Drama, Romantic comedy, Comedy-drama, Comedy + 2 more
    Tagline: A comedy from the heart that goes for the throat., Brace yourself for Melvin.
    Netflix Format: DVD
    Netflix Genre: Comedy, Romantic Comedies, Blockbusters
    Netflix Rating: PG-13 (USA)
  3. 9

    "Mi Pobre Angelito" - "My Poor Little Angel" (Spain)

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    Actors: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Lionel Barrymore + 59 more
    Initial Release: 1990
    Directed by: Chris Columbus
    Produced by: John Hughes
    Screenplay by: John Hughes
    Genres (Film): Adventure film, Comedy, Family Film
    Tagline: A family comedy without the family.
    Sequel: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
    Netflix Format: DVD and Blu-ray
    Netflix Genre: Children & Family, Family Comedies, Blockbusters, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12 + 1 more
    Netflix Rating: PG (USA)
  4. 10

    "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 + 1 more
    Initial Release: 2010
    Directed by: Alex Beh
    Produced by: Otto Arsenault, Jory Cordy, Alex Beh, Annelise Dekker
    Screenplay by: Samantha Genovese, Alex Beh
    Genres (Film): Comedy, Short Film
    Tagline: BABE is a four letter word
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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, Thomas Haden Church, Samantha Harris + 60 more
    Initial Release: 1997
    Directed by: Sam Weisman
    Produced by: Jordan Kerner, David Hoberman, Jon Avnet
    Screenplay by: Audrey Wells, Dana Olsen
    Genres (Film): Romance Film, Jungle Film, Parody, Adventure film, Comedy + 3 more
    Tagline: Watch out!
    Sequel: George of the Jungle 2
    Netflix Format: DVD
    Netflix Genre: Children & Family, Family Comedies, Family Adventures, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12 + 2 more
    Netflix Rating: PG (USA)
  6. 12

    "The Spy Who Spermed Me" (Norway)

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    Actors: Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham, Will Ferrell, Rebecca Romijn, Willie Nelson + 105 more
    Initial Release: 1999
    Directed by: Jay Roach
    Produced by: John S. Lyons, Mike Myers, Eric McLeod, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd + 1 more
    Screenplay by: Michael McCullers, Mike Myers
    Genres (Film): Absurdism, Parody, Comedy, Time travel, Action film
    Tagline: Double-O Behave!, First He Fought For The Crown. Now He's Fighting For The Family Jewels!, He's back, he's even bigger and he's up for it!, First, he fought for the Crown. Now, he's fighting for the Family Jewels., If you see only one movie this summer, see Star Wars. But if you see two movies this summer, see Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. + 6 more
    Sequel: Austin Powers: Goldmember
    Prequel: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
    Netflix Format: DVD
    Netflix Genre: Comedy, Spoofs and Satire, Late Night Comedies, Blockbusters
    Netflix Rating: PG-13 (USA)
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