There are many requirements to becoming a movie poster designer, like knowing how to design stuff, or not being a complete maniac who can only draw what the voices in his head tell him to, or having at least a passing familiarity with the movies you're supposed to be promoting. Well, some countries play fast and loose with these rules, especially the last one, as these insanely misleading foreign movie posters continue to prove.
Take a step back for a moment and pretend you've never heard of these movies. Would you, based solely on the poster, pay money to see ...
14Short Circuit (Czech Republic)
Remember Short Circuit, the light-hearted comedy about the Wall-E-like robot who comes to life and learns about friendship? Well, in the Czech Republic this was seen as a bleak parable about the inevitable death of the proletariat at the hands of the automated industrial complex, so they replaced Johnny Five with GLaDOS on the poster and put a skeleton hand in there to symbolize how everything is fucked. Also, maybe cash-in on The Terminator just a little bit.
It's not coincidence that Short Circuit 2 came out just before the fall of the Czech communist regime; both Johnny Five and Ally Sheedy are still hailed as national heroes over there. At least someone remembers them.
13Star Wars: A New Hope (Japan)
Jabba the Hutt is played by Jackie Chan.
The Japanese artist behind this poster saw five minutes of Star Wars before deciding he already knew where this was going: Clearly, these two robots wandering through the desert would meet many deadly opponents, causing the golden one to unleash some kung-fu fury upon them. Meanwhile, the shorter robot feels so shamed and dishonored by having been defeated that it becomes frozen in the middle of the desert, leading to much hilarity. Eventually the two mechanical friends combine to form a larger robot, The Star Warrior, and save the universe from the evil bun-headed witch in the first scene.
It's sad how predictable American movies have become, really.