6.07.2005

episode iii, the backstroke of the west

i saw revenge of the sith last weekend at a local theater with my friend joe who was in town on business. it was much better than the first two movies and a fitting end (err.. middle) to the star wars saga.

the next day i was walking past my friendly dvd salesperson and decided to check out revenge of the sith. i was assured the quality was good and for 7rmb why not give it a shot.

aside from the counters on the top of the screen and a distorted perspective it was ok- not high quality but watchable. the captions were a hilarious surprise- a direct english translation of the chinese interpretation of what the script was saying. it varied from being somewhat close to the script to being 'far far away'....

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amazingly enough, the beginning scroll is mistranslated even though the words are right there on the screen.

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star war (just one)

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'the backstroke of the west' is the english translation of the chinese title.

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anakin: "this is where the fun begins"

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obi wan: "let them pass between us"

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anonymous doomed fighter pilot: "they're all over me"

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obi wan, space battle strategist.

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obi wan grows impatient with r2.

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the chancellor warns anakin and obi wan that count dooku is... big.

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obi wan assures the chancellor that it's no problem.

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count dooku talks tough.

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that's chancellor palpatine speaking, talking about obi wan.

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general grevious gets some bad news.

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the general considers punishing his troops.

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anakin taunts general grevious.

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the general fires off a snappy comeback

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ummm... ????

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we gonna rock down to... lemon avenue.

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padme the homemaker

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anakin tells padme about his dream.

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on the hoof - idiom, 'not yet butchered; alive. used especially of cattle'

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hallelujah!

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yoda: "premonitions? premonitions?"

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sounds like something yoda might actually say... maybe.

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anakin is haunted by dreamses.

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troopseses!

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anakin gets frustrated with the jedi council.

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the chancellor tells anakin the story of darth plagueis the wise, aka the dintmeister.

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plagueis learned how to become... strong and big.

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but he lost his power and died...

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...then was killed by his land, so he could sleep. a tragic story indeed.

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this seemed completely random until i figured out that 'jedi council' was being translated into chinese then back to english as 'the presbyterian church'.

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anakin: "obi wan, may the force be with you"

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tion medon: "on the tenth level, thousands of battledroids"

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obi wan: "hello there"

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the general tells his troops to back off, he'll take care of obi wan.

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...but is it big?

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the chancellor delivers anakin some bad news.

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mace windu reads the chancellor his rights.

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anakin bargains for the life of his cuckoldry. cuckoldry?

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anakin gets a new name.

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"rise!"

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the emporer tells anakin... umm... something.

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anakin: "i agree."

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the emperor: "do what must be done, lord vader."

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yoda: "goodbye chewbacca."

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c3po tells the amorous couple to get a room.

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padme: "no thank you, c3po."

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obi wan: "who could have done this?"

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obi wan can't face what he must do.

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yoda insists...

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...and explains that the person he once knew noed longer is.

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how about a snickers?

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anakin tells padme about his new virtues, now being both strong and big.

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padme doesn't want strong and big- she also doesn't want to walk on a road meant for running about.

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lier!!!

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obi wan has heard enough.

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the emperor reveals his true ambitions.

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anakin taunts, but...

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...obi wan stands on higher ground...

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...and proclaims his love.

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this translation is classic. darth vader is actually shouting, "nooooooooooooo..."

captions there be, mangled they are.

(links - i've transcribed some of the dialogue here. dan in hangzhou bought the same dvd as i did- he has put up some different screen shots on his blog- check them out. this post has been ytmnd'd. backstroke anime art.)


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