Friday, July 22, 2005

Our Dichotomy Opens The Combat

Matthew in Beirut reproduces stills from the by-now somewhat famous Chinese bootleg copy of The Revenge of the Sith.

Why is it famous? Because in the English subtitles from the Chinese, to start with, the title of the film is The Backstroke of the West.

The translations run from the totally puzzling ("Giving first aid the already disheveled hair projection") to the absurd ("Smelly boy!"). There are also a number of, um, sight gags involving robots and fucking.

Perhaps the best line is Anakin's statement to Obi Wan: "I was just made by the Presbyterian Church," which refers, obliquely enough, to the Jedi Council. Josh in comments explains how the translation could have happened:
thus, the jedi (elders) council (path) becomes the presbyterian (elders') church (path). maybe.
I hope Presbyterians take pride in it.

(h/t to Katherine.)


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