Over the years, a number of Western movies and television shows — including Men in Black 3, Cloud Atlas, and Pirates of the Caribbean — have been altered in China before they were shown to local audiences.
When viewers watch Fight Club on a popular Chinese streaming platform, most of the film looks exactly as it did when it was released in 1999 — except for the apocalyptic ending.
Instead of a successful plot to destroy a series of buildings, the Chinese version of the cult classic starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton ends with a note to viewers saying that the police “rapidly figured out the whole plan, and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding.”
As for Pitt’s character, the note says, he was sent to an asylum, and later discharged. (Never mind that the character is actually a figment of Norton’s character’s imagination.)
The censored ending was discovered recently by…