Fight Club and Lord of War censored in China

The Brad Pitt/Edward Norton and Nicolas Cage ending scenes have nothing to do with those of the original David Fincher and Andrew Niccol films.

Warning, spoilers : the following article details the scenes at the end of fight club (David Fincher, 1999) and Lord of War (Andrew Niccol, 2006).

“The first rule of Fight Club is: Don’t talk about Fight Club.” On the other hand, nothing prevents you from cutting your final plan to replace it with a cardboard explaining that “The police arrested all the criminals, thus successfully stopping the bomb from going off. After the trial, Tyler was sent to a mental hospital for treatment. He was released in 2012.” Vice thus relays the discovery of several Chinese viewers, amazed on watching the film on the Tencent Video streaming service to find that the fate of Tylor Durden (Edward Norton / Brad Pitt) had nothing to do with what had been broadcast in 1999.

David Fincher normally ends his film with a huge explosion. After getting rid of his split personality by shooting himself in the face, the narrator witnesses the attack he had in fact ordered himself with his girlfriend Marla (Helena Bonham Carter): buildings collapse on the air of “Where Is My Mind”, Pixies. A twist accompanied by an anti-capitalist message, since the spectator understands that the anarchist plan of the “hero” worked and the destruction of the consumerist system began. In the Chinese version that has just been posted on the streaming site, the explosion does not take place. Instead, there is a message that completely reverses the moral of the film. The proof in image, the cardboard having been shared by several Internet users on social networks.

Fight Club and Lord of War censored in China
20th Century Fox/Tencent Video

Ditto for another American film also criticizing society, and more specifically arms trafficking: Lord of War, released in France in 2006. Andrew Nicol films Nicolas Cage there in the skin of Yuri, a seller of guns of all kinds without faith or law who “win” in the end by escaping prison to better regain his position and continue his lucrative business. The film points out in passing that five permanent members of the UN, including the United States and China, are the biggest arms sellers in the world. On the Tencent site, the final sequence is simply cut to end on a card saying that “Yuri confessed to all the crimes that officially weighed against him in court, and was sentenced to life in prison.” Not to mention that the Chinese version of the film is shorter by about thirty minutes compared to the original.

Fight Club and Lord of War censored in China
Lionsgate/Tencent Video

The American article states that “The modification of these purposes may have been requested internally or under government orders, this remains to be demonstrated. Tencent Video declined to comment. A source familiar with this subject of censorship in China told us that fight club had been reassembled by the group holding the copyright of the film, then approved by the government before being distributed on streaming sites. The local distributor, Pacific Audio & Video Co. is affiliated with the state channel Guagdong TV.” As for the American version, it is owned by 20th Century Fox, and therefore Disney studios. Who also did not react. Vice take this opportunity to remind you that fight club did not have a general release in Chinese cinemas: the film was simply shown as part of the Shanghai International Film Festival, and obtained very good ratings on the specialized site Douban (the equivalent of Rotten Tomatoes). A good part of the public was however able to see its real version by buying a pirated copy, this phenomenon being very important in China.

In 1999, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton dared to talk about Fight Club in Première

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