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Mplayer has great subtitle anti-aliasing and configuration capabilities. For a full configuration file example, check:

Subtitles with non-ascii characters

#91: mplayer OSD subtitles displays non-ascii characters as ???

If you have a subtitle file in a foreign language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.) encoded in unicode (utf8) that doesn't display well with mplayer, try adding the -ass option (see man page).
You can add it in ~/.mplayer/config:

   # Turn on SSA/ASS subtitle rendering.

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