The Backstroke of the West

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Date Started: 2005
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Star Wars the Third Gathers: The Backstroke of the West is a version of the Star Wars movie Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith in which the movies subtitles have been badly translated into Chinese and then back again into English, with hilarious results. It spawned the clip of Darth Vader dramatically yelling "Do not want!" which has been used as a meme. For more information on the contents of the movie, view the Star Wars Fanpedia page on it here.

There is also a fandub version available on YouTube that dubs all the subtitles over the original dialogue

The movie was popularized in 2005 with a blogpost containing screenshots of the film. Currently, this movie is only available illegally due to the fact that the only change from the original is the subtitles. Of course, despite this, fans still share bootlegged versions amongst each other. [1]



  1. ^ One fan went to a viewing party at college for the movie in 2016. -- comment on Fanlore: 6 October 2018‎ by GoldenFalls