MorkTheFiddle wrote:Can anyone suggest a movie in Mandarin with both Mandarin subtitles and English (or French or Spanish) subtitles? Any genre, any period, animated or not animated. I want to give emk's subs2str method a try.
Any Chinese film that got at least a moderate release in the West - so Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers, and other Mandarin martial arts films are fair game. You may have heard that the Mandarin in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is weird because the actors are from all over. It's no weirder than you'll hear people speak every day in China. There are some archaicisms to evoke the time period, though. Also, be sure that you're getting subs translated from Chinese, not a transcript of the English dub track (it's very different).
As for everyday films, From Beijing to Seattle, Forever Young, and I Am Not Madame Bovary are all pretty modern, very good, and mostly in Standard Mandarin. From Beijing to Seattle is definitely the most modern and most standard, though the narrator in I Am Not Madame Bovary has an absolutely superb voice.
If there is a Chinatown near you, there's very likely a DVD shop. There you'll probably be able to find HK movies dubbed into Mandarin, and as we know dubs are usually cleaner than original audio to study from. I don't have any recommendations here but just pick one with either two people holding guns or two people looking dreamily at each other. Then, with a bit of effort, you can extract all the subtitle tracks from the DVD directly.