And finally… dictator’s cut
Cult classic film Fight Club has been rewritten in China to give it a more censor-friendly ending where law enforcement ultimately wins the day.
The original version of the 1999 film, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, ends with the protagonist failing to foil an anti-consumerist plot to blow up skyscrapers.
However, a recut version released on China’s popular Tencent Video platform cuts the explosions and includes a title card explaining that police stepped in at the last minute:
“Through the clue provided by Tyler, the police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding. After the trial, Tyler was sent to lunatic asylum receiving psychological treatment. He was discharged from the hospital in 2012.”
Images of the unexpected ending have gone viral on social media, both in and out of China, and has shone a spotlight on China’s strict film censorship.
Chinese companies with rights to distribute foreign films often self-censor to avoid scrutiny by Chinese censors, CNN Business reports.