“Fight Club” is almost back to its original state in China.
As of Monday, the film’s ending has largely been restored on the popular Chinese streaming platform Tencent Video, after fans complained in late January about the complete removal of the iconic final scene.
The finale of David Fincher’s cult classic shocked audiences when it first hit theaters in 1999. In a massive twist, the narrator, played by Edward Norton, realizes that Brad Pitt’s slick-talking Tyler Durden character is his imaginary alter ego, and kills him off.
In the last moments, the narrator stands with his girlfriend, played by Helena Bonham Carter, as they watch explosives blow up a cluster of skyscrapers — all part of what was originally presented to the audience as Durden’s plan to destroy consumerism by erasing bank and debt records.
But a drastically altered version on Tencent Video, which CNN Business viewed in January, cut out the entire scene featuring the explosions. Instead, it was replaced with a caption explaining to audiences that the authorities arrived just in time to save the day.
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