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 October 25.
The decision to halt the release is speculated to be about 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.
Photos: Getty Images, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood movie
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