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China Changes ‘Fight Club’ Ending, Sparking Social Media Storm

  • In revised version of film’s conclusion, authorities triumph
  • ‘Lord of War’ has also had its original ending altered
Brad Pitt in “Fight Club.”
Brad Pitt in “Fight Club.”Source: Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox/Shutterstock

David Fincher’s 1999 “Fight Club” is at the center of a social media firestorm in China after a new version of it replaced the original ending with a terse message saying all criminals were apprehended and the authorities triumphed.

Tencent Video subscribers mocked the newly abridged and altered ending for distorting the original film’s message and intent. Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s book by the same name, “Fight Club” culminates in the unnamed narrator killing off his alter ego Tyler Durden and setting off a chain of explosions destroying all bank and credit records, resetting the economy. None of that is present in the new Chinese version, which treats the movie’s Project Mayhem undertaking as a thwarted and misguided attempt at criminality.