Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Release canceled in China

Lula Sharp
October 19, 2019

Following news that China has put the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on hold, The Hollywood Reporter on Friday said director Quentin Tarantino won't be recutting the film to appease regulators.

Shannon Lee may have finally found a way to force Quentin Tarantino to rethink his portrayal of her legendary father, Bruce Lee, to everyone's satisfaction.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood would have been Quentin's first proper release in China - his 2012 Western, Django Unchained, nearly made it close to a proper theatrical rollout in the country, before being pulled from cinemas just minutes into its opening night.

The movie presents Lee - who, as the movie's only major actor of Chinese descent, is played by Mike Moh - as a boastful character who asserts he could have "crippled" Muhammad Ali in a fight.

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It had received previously received its release approval from Chinese censors.

THR and Variety reported that Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, filed a complaint with China's National Film Administration over her father's portrayal in the movie. A re-edited version of Django Unchained was pulled from theaters on its opening day, though a subsequent version of the film was eventually released theatrically in China. The film may have to undergo re-editing to see a proper release.

There's no reason to think that pirated, subtitled copies of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won't go into wide circulation in China, if they haven't already.

But now, regulators have apparently reversed this decision at the last minute, with the movie's local release date now on indefinite hold, according to sources from The Hollywood Reporter. Bona took a sizable equity stake in the film to earn company participation in the film's worldwide box office, as well as distribution rights in China. And a recent episode of South Park took pleasure in Hollywood & # 39; s willingness to do whatever the Chinese censors say to keep their movies and TV shows in the country.

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