2019-10-19 21:33:20 UTC
*Tarantino is refusing to recut 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' to appease China
Chinese censors are reportedly outraged at movie's portrayal of Bruce Lee
Martial arts star's daughter Shannon Lee demanded the film be censored
She claimed he wad depicted as an 'arrogant a*****e who was full of hot air'
Director Quentin Tarantino is reportedly refusing to make changes to his new
film 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' to appease Chinese censors.
Tarantino will make no changes to the film for China after that country abruptly
blocked its release scheduled for October 25, a source close to the situation
told the Hollywood Reporter.
Though no explanation was given to Sony Pictures on China's move to ban the
film, it is believed to be related to the film's portrayal of late martial arts
star Bruce Lee, who is of Chinese descent.
The project was shelved by Beijing after Bruce Lee's daughter complained about
the movie's portrayal of her father, according to sources.
Shannon Lee is said to have made a personal appeal to Beijing's censors,
requesting scenes involving her father be edited in the star-studded flick
featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.
The 50-year-old previously said it was 'disheartening' for her to see the film
presenting her father as 'an arrogant a**hole'.
Earlier reports indicated that the film's Chinese distributor Bona Film Group,
which has also invested in the production, was working with Tarantino to make
changes to the film in a bid to salvage the situation.
'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' is Tarantino's ninth film.
Set in Los Angeles in 1969, the story follows faded TV star Rick Dalton (played
by Leonardo DiCaprio), and his stunt double Cliff Booth (played by Brad Pitt) as
they pursue fame and success in the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age.
The comedy-drama premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and had been
schedule to release in China on October 25.
The plan has been put on hold indefinitely after Shannon contacted China's
National Film Administration, reported The Hollywood Reporter citing sources.
Shannon has publicly spoken against the movie's presentation of the late martial
arts legend who died in 1973 at the age of 32.
She said in July it was 'disheartening' to see what she billed as the 'mockery'
the $90 million (£70 million) film made out of her father.
She said her father, played by Korean-American actor Mike Moh, was depicted in
the film as 'an arrogant a**hole who was full of hot air'.
'I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bada** who
could beat up Bruce Lee. But they didn't need to treat him in the way that white
Hollywood did when he was alive,' she told entertainment news site The Wrap.
'It was really uncomfortable to sit in the theater and listen to people laugh at
my father,' added Shannon who was four when her father died.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Shannon said: 'For a lot of people, this is
going to be their first introduction to Bruce Lee, in particular younger
'And they are going to think this is what he is, that he was this arrogant guy
who liked to challenge people, and nothing could be further from the truth.'