Quentin Tarantino has no intention of recutting ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ to appease China’s censors.
Quentin Tarantino has no intention of recutting his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to appease China's censors.
A source close to the situation tells The Hollywood Reporter that the auteur is taking a take-it-or-leave-it stance in the wake of Chinese regulators pulling the film from the schedule a week before its release in the country on Oct. 25.
The decision to halt the release, as THR reported, may have stemmed from Tarantino's portrayal of the late martial arts hero Bruce Lee, who was of Chinese descent. Sources close to Beijing-based Bona Film Group, which is one of the investors in the film, and China's Film Bureau, say Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, made a direct appeal to China’s National Film Administration, asking that it demand changes to her father's portrayal. Friends and family of the Hollywood action star have criticized Tarantino for his portrayal of Lee, saying it doesn't resemble the real-life man and is instead a caricature.
Basically Bruce Lee's daughter went and cried to the communists in China so they'd force Tarantino to censor the movie, and Tarantino told them to fuck off.