A reader named Arthur recently requested that I take a look at the infamous “Jill Sandwich” line from the original Resident Evil game. The whole game is rife with silly-sounding lines and goofy voice acting, this particular line being one of the most well-known.
Anyway, I don’t have a copy of the Japanese game, but looking around online I was able to find video of it. Here’s the scene in the Japanese release:
As you can hopefully see/hear, the voice acting is still in English, but there are Japanese subtitles to go along with all the dialog. It’s pretty much a straight, basic translation with nothing especially different, but for reference here’s a comparison:
|Japanese text||Basic translation||Official translation|
|Jill: バリー！？ 助けて ドアが開かないの！||Jill: Barry!? Help! The door won’t open!||Jill: Barry!? Help me, please! The door won’t open! Quick!|
|Barry: 下がってろ ドアを破るぞ！||Barry: Get back! I’m gonna knock the door down!||Barry: Stay away from the door, Jill! I’m going to kick this door down!|
|急げ こっちだ！||Hurry! This way!||Hurry! This way!|
|Jill: Oh, Barry!|
|Barry: 危ない所だったな||Barry: Man, that was close!||Barry: That was too close.|
|サンドイッチが出来上がるところだったぜ||You were almost turned into a sandwich!||You were almost a Jill sandwich.|
|Jill: 本当ね||Jill: That’s for sure.||Jill: You’re right!|
|Barry! Thanks for saving my life!|
As you can see, the Japanese text didn’t use the phrase “Jill sandwich”, so I guess most Japanese fans missed out on the wacky phrasing unless they could understand the English acting.
There are also a couple of cases where the English lines didn’t get Japanese subtitles even though there’s clearly audio there. This is actually pretty common in movies with Japanese subtitles – right now I’m working on a big comparison project of “The Wizard”, so we’ll take a closer look at Japanese subtitling quirks like this sometime in the future!
Also, you know how video game-themed restaurants have been opening up in various places lately? I think a “Jill Sandwich” would be a perfect addition to their menus!
If you have any lines in games or whatever else that you’d like me to take a look at sometime, let me know in the comments or contact me!