For foreign films imported into China, some disappeared from local streaming platforms without explanation. In many other cases, Ma said, it is common for local distributors to downsize films through relatively small cuts. For example, the Chinese version of “Logan”, a 2017 blockbuster in the X-Men series starring Hugh Jackman, less violent than the original.
Other cuts are more blatant. The Chinese version of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, a 2018 biopic about the Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s sexual cut – includes a key scene in which he tells his fiancée that he is not straight, and another scene in which his male lover is introduced.
A new approach
The Chinese version of “Fight Club” is notable, Ma said, because it carries both strategic cuts and the same kind of pro-government codas normally reserved for Chinese-language films.
“Cutting is normal, but adding a new ending to foreign films? It was something new to me,” he said.
Ma said it would be interesting to know if the US production company discussed censorship in the contract when selling distribution rights in China. New Regency, the Los Angeles-based production company of “Fight Club,” did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday.
A spokesman for Tencent Video, the Chinese streaming platform that hosts a censored version of “Fight Club,” declined to comment when contacted by phone on Thursday. So did a spokesman for Pacific Audio and Video, the film’s China distributor.
At least one other foreign film has been shown in China with both strategy footage and a coda written.
In the original ending of “Lord of War, a 2005 Hollywood blockbuster in which a Ukrainian arms dealer played by Nicolas Cage is chased by an Interpol agent, his character is released from prison and returned to selling arms. .
But the Chinese version ends with Mr. Cage, Yuri Orlov, remains in custody.
“Yuri Orlov confessed to all the crimes formally charged against him in court, and was ultimately sentenced to life in prison,” one coda wrote.
Austin Ramzy contribution reports, and Li You research contributions.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/world/asia/china-fight-club-ending.html The end of ‘Fighting Club’ has been censored in China