I've facing an issue on display the chinese character in not readable form.

I googled and found this blog to show in windows platform.

First, open VLC and in top menu click on VLC -> Preferences...

Top menu

Then

  1. click on Subtitles & OSD tab
  2. change the Default Encoding to Universal, Chinese (GB18030)
  3. change the Font to GB18030Bitmap

Preferences...

Reopen the program and it should work. :)