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

    "Mr. Cat Poop" (Japan)

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    Actors: Cuba Gooding Jr., Harold Ramis, Lawrence Kasdan, Maya Rudolph, Greg Kinnear + 71 more
    Initial Release: 1997
    Directed by: James L. Brooks
    Produced by: James L. Brooks, Kristi Zea
    Screenplay by: James L. Brooks, Mark Andrus
    Genres (Film): Romance Film, Slice of life, Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama + 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: Catherine O'Hara, Roberts Blossom, Gerry Bamman, Kieran Culkin, John Heard + 59 more
    Initial Release: 1990
    Directed by: Chris Columbus
    Produced by: John Hughes
    Screenplay by: John Hughes
    Genres (Film): Family, Adventure Film, Comedy
    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: Tracy Thorpe, Shoshana Bush, Leven Rambin, Alex Beh, Bradley Hasemeyer + 1 more
    Initial Release: 2010
    Directed by: Alex Beh
    Produced by: Annelise Dekker, Otto Arsenault, Jory Cordy, Alex Beh
    Screenplay by: Samantha Genovese, Alex Beh
    Genres (Film): Short Film, Comedy
    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: Thomas Haden Church, John Cleese, Holland Taylor, Keith Scott, Kaleb + 60 more
    Initial Release: 1997
    Directed by: Sam Weisman
    Produced by: Jon Avnet, David Hoberman, Jordan Kerner
    Screenplay by: Audrey Wells, Dana Olsen
    Genres (Film): Romance Film, Parody, Family, Slapstick, Adventure Film + 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)
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    "The Spy Who Spermed Me" (Norway)

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    Actors: Willie Nelson, Burt Bacharach, Will Ferrell, Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Hurley + 105 more
    Initial Release: 1999
    Directed by: Jay Roach
    Produced by: Demi Moore, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Mike Myers, John S. Lyons + 1 more
    Screenplay by: Mike Myers, Michael McCullers
    Genres (Film): Crime Fiction, Adventure Film, Action Film, Comedy
    Tagline: First he Fought for the Crown. Now he's Fighting for the Family Jewels, "I'm Coming Again, Baby!", First, he fought for the Crown. Now + 13 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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