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The Ending Of Fight Club Was Changed For Audiences In China


The Ending Of Fight Club Was Changed For Audiences In China

Fight Club is an iconic film that not only has a fairly intense message for the world but also certainly doesn't have a happy ending (depending on how you look at it).

However, if you were watching the movie in China you would be getting a very different conclusion.

Vice reports Chinese streaming site Tencent Video has altered the ending pretty dramatically but it's unclear why.

The original release sees Edward Norton's character standing alongside Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) as buildings in front of them explode and collapse.


It was the culmination of a plan organised by the Narrator's alter ego Tyler Durden (played by Brad Pitt), and the finale served as a big middle finger to consumerism.

Durden was hoping to rid society of debt by targeting buildings that contain credit card records.

This gets completely turned on its head when you stream it on Tencent Video, as a message pops up just before the explosives detonate.


Viewers apparently don't get to see the protagonist complete Project Mayhem but instead it cuts to black and says they were actually apprehended.

"Through the clue provided by Tyler, the police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding," a caption says.

"After the trial, Tyler was sent to lunatic asylum receiving psychological treatment. He was discharged from the hospital in 2012."

Credit: 20th Century Fox
Credit: 20th Century Fox

It's a fairly large deviation from David Fincher's ending and one that might not exactly sit well with some audiences who are keen on the idea of Durden's plan to erase debt.

Vice says some Chinese viewers took to Weibo to complain about the change.


One person said. "There is no point watching this film without that scene."

Another added: "Probably Ocean's 11 would have all been arrested. The Godfather's entire family would end up in jail."

While loads of Hollywood movies don't like to let the bad guys win, Fight Club conjured such an incredible following for its anti-hero storyline and its take on how dull society can be.


Tencent Video hasn't commented about why the ending was changed so we might never know the reasons behind it.

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film

Stewart Perrie
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