Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: China release scrapped after cuts are refused

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Quentin Tarantino refuses to recut his latest film to satiate Chinese censors.

After a successful summer at the box office, Sony Pictures and Quentin Tarantino were next planning to take Once Upon A Time In Hollywood to the lucrative Chinese market. An October 25th release date was earmarked in China, that should have added a fair amount to the film’s current $366m global box office take.

But it’s not to be.

In spite of the fact that the Chinese-based Bona Film Group is one of the key financial investors in the movie, the film’s Chinese release has been pulled at the last minute.

It’s reported that cuts were being required before the film would be granted a release, and this is something that many Hollywood movies have ceded to in order to access the Chinese market. But Quentin Tarantino has refused to play ball.

The reported demanded cuts related to the portrayal of Bruce Lee in the movie, with the story being that his daughter has directly appealed to the country’s National Film Administration. That said, the exact changes required to get a release have not been detailed. And given that Tarantino is one of the few directors with a final cut clause in his contract, that appears to be that.

The movie lands on disc in the UK in December.


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