Recently, hardware hacker Phil Torrone from Adafruit started learning Chinese. And of course the first thing he did with his newfound knowledge was try to translate the characters he'd seen on computer screens in Firefly and Serenity. Writes Torrone:
This is the second row of characters from the movie Serenity at the 59:58 mark where River looks into the student teaching screen UI and sees writing, then a planet. Not sure what it was meant to mean, any ideas? These are second row ones (Chinese/Mandarin).
临 face/arrive/overlook/just before
Torrone proposes to do a series of these screenshot translations, and has already done one from Bladerunner, where the box carrying synthetic eyes displays the Chinese character for "forever." Feel free to provide more translations, or suggest other movie UIs that need scrutiny.