Sunday, July 17, 2011

Firefly & Serenity - English subtitles with Chinese translated

I just love Firefly - it's the kind of TV series you can watch over and over and every time it surprises you. The characters, originality, beliavable universe and humor - it's Joss Whedon's masterpiece.

Characters in the series speaks Chinese occasionally. It makes sense, exodus from old Earth was led by two strongest countries - USA and China. They don't say anything important in Chinese, it's usually when they get emotional and want to spit it out. The Chinese phrases are spicy, sometimes use very rude language. And being able to understand these phrases makes the show atmosphere even better.

There are some websites with translations from Chinese, but you don't want to stop the show, go to the website, read it and go back - that spoils the moment. What I really wanted was to see Chinese translation instantly. I haven't found this anywhere else, so I embedded translations into existing English subtitles. It's for both Firefly series and Serenity movie.

Download here
Download only Chinese translated (thanks to Jacob Kossman)

Note: People in Firefly universe doesn't speak just English and Chinese. I have found also one sentence in Czech and one in Russian. They are translated as well.

Enjoy the subtitles, now you have a reason to watch it all over again!

Wash: "Psychic, though? That sounds like something out of science fiction."
Zoe: "We live in a space ship, dear."
Wash: "So?"


  1. this is the funniest movie i have ever seen! i saw it just a couple minutes ago and i want more. too bad they canceled the show.😭

  2. I am trusting the same best exertion from you later on too. Actually your exploratory writing abilities has roused me. VOChina

  3. What exactly was translated ? Any time they speak Chinese nothing shows up. English is fine.

  4. OK I figured it out. The chinese translations are contained within brackets like this {words} which a variety of players will not display. I'd suggest altering your srt files to remove these brackets. I've done it within mine, but the source is here, so.

  5. Thank you for these!

    I had issues with the {curly braces} too in Plex, so I switched them out for italics tags.

    Also merged Serenity into one file, as mine was not split into two parts and wasn't sure how the subs would work split up like that.
    In case anyone needs it (Or if Destil wants to include these above?) here you go.