More than two decades after its release, “Fight Club” has met a very different ending in China, and this time, the authorities won.
Chinese fans of David Fincher’s cult classic were furious over the weekend when they noted that a version of the film available on popular Chinese streaming platform Tencent Video completely removes its iconic ending.
The ending of “Fight Club” shocked audiences in an unexpected twist, the narrator, played by Edward Norton, realizes that Brad Pitt’s slick-talking character Tyler Durden , is his imaginary alter ego, and kills him. In the final scene, the narrator stands with his girlfriend, played by Helena Bonham Carter, as they watch as explosives blow up a group of skyscrapers, all part of what was originally presented to the audience as Durden’s plan to destroy consumerism. wiping out banks and debt records.
In the version available on Tencent Video, the entire scene of the explosions was cut. Instead, it was replaced with a caption explaining to the audience that the authorities arrived just in time to save the day.
“Through the tip provided by Tyler, the police quickly figured out the entire scheme and arrested all the criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from going off,” the caption reads. “After the trial, Tyler was sent to insane asylum where he received psychological treatment. He was released from the hospital in 2012.”
Though after the backlash, the ending has been restored, The restored ending adds back about 11 out of 12 minutes cut from the film, but some scenes featuring nudity are kept out.
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