It should comes as no surprise that the Japanese are the most paradoxical people... more »
It should comes as no surprise that the Japanese are the most paradoxical people in the world.
When it comes to language, by their own admission they are the world's worst linguists.
The same people that will translate a movie trailer like 'Snakes on a Plane' into 'Snake Flight,' will fight tooth and nail over how Japanese should be translated into English, and in most cases, will insist on direct translations of Japanese into English. However, they take great license when translating English into Japanese.
I took some license in retranslating how the Japanese translated some scenes from "Snakes on a Plane" - (redubbed "Snake Flight" in the Japanese verson), and the result is pretty hilarious. Samuel S. Jackson is in great form through most of it. Enjoy!