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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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    My Poor Little Angel

    My Poor Little Angel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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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
  2. 10
    The Happy Dumpling-To-Be Who T... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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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
  3. 11

    Big Dumb Monkey Man Keeps Whacking Tree With Genitals

    Big Dumb Monkey Man Keeps Whac... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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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
  4. 12

    The Spy Who Spermed Me

    The Spy Who Spermed Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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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
  5. 13

    Crystal Jungle

    Crystal Jungle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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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

    Captain Supermarket is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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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
  7. 15

    To the Devil with the Devil

    To the Devil with the Devil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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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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    Expert in Fun

    Expert in Fun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 50 Most Absurd Translations of Film Titles
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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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