The information below is outdated. Now, getting Hanzi/Pinyin subtitles is much easier!  Go to Reddit’s /r/pinyinsubtitles (which I own) and follow the Pinyin Subtitle Wiki or download ones I’ve made previously on my 52zhongwen website.

  1. Download movie
  2. Grab original Chinese/Mandarin (Hanzi) subtitles. I used this: OpenSubtitles.org
  3. To avoid any encoding problems: Right click on the srt file, open in Microsoft Word
  4. Choose the default encoding (usually CH-GB2312), if it’s already UTF8, ignore and move to step 3.
    File > Save , choose UTF-8 encoding.
  5. Be sure to remove any .docx, txt, extensions etc…. file should end in .srt
  6. Use this site to add the pinyin below your hanzi: Chinese Pinyin Subtitles Converter
  7. Choose UTF-8 for encoding. I left the rest of the options alone.
  8. Do the calculation, submit, save your new .srt file.
  9. You can stop here, or add the English subtitle. 2srt2ass helps you join two srt files into one ass file (also a subtitle file).
    Submit query, save.

Now you can watch your old faves and learn Chinese at the same time!