New ‘Fight Club’ ending released in China, confusing fans

After two decades, David Fincher’s iconic 1999 film “Fight Club” has a new ending in China.

At the end of the original film, Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden is killed by Edward Norton’s character, the Narrator, who then watches as the buildings around him crumble at the hands of multiple explosions.

However, in a new version of the film available on the Chinese video streaming service Tencent Video, the narrator is killed and the explosions are replaced by a black screen and text in English that reads: “Thanks to the clue provided by Tyler, the police quickly understood the whole plan and arrested all the criminals, successfully preventing the explosion of the bomb.”

He adds that Tyler – a figment of the narrator’s imagination – was sent to an “insane asylum” following a trial, where he received psychological treatment before being released in 2012.


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The change was immediately noticed after “Fight Club” was made available on Tencent over the weekend, confusing those who had seen the original version.

“I would rather see Tencent shoot this movie. What you are spreading here is not “positive energy”. What are you trying to accomplish by changing the ending? » a viewer wrote on the Douban Chinese media review forum.

It is currently unclear whether government censors ordered the alternate ending, The Guardian reportedand Tencent did not comment on the change.

Cutting scenes considered “violent” or “pornographic” is a common practice in China, an anonymous producer told the South China Morning Postand video platforms regularly send movies and TV shows to the National Radio and Television Administration, China’s top media watchdog, for viewing and commentary before release.

“Sometimes the comments would get very specific about what to cut,” she said. “It’s mostly about violent and pornographic scenes, or about ‘values’, such as bad guys shouldn’t win.”

Platforms are often pressured to make suggested changes before the film or series is cleared for release, she said, and when a foreign film is purchased, some type of censorship deal is regularly concluded between the parties concerned.

Censors in China cut 14 minutes from the X-Men spin-off “Logan” in 2017 for his graphic depictions of violence and references to the Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury’s sexuality in the 2018 film “Bohemian Rhapsody” have been deleted due to laws prohibiting explicit references to same-sex relationships in the media.

In 2019, “The Joker” was not allowed to be released at all in China because of its depictions of violence and rebellion against an oppressive society. Also in 2019, the theatrical release of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was put on hold after a complaint allegedly filed by the daughter of actor Bruce Lee over how her late father was portrayed in the film.


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