Filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino –“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” faces a lot of difficulties for its release in China. The plot revolves around a faded actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his best friend aka body double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). They both struggle through their lives to achieve success and fame during the last years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, 1969.
Quentin Tarantino Inappropriate Portrayal of Bruce Lee:
Earlier, Once upon a Time in Hollywood starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt was all set to release on 25th October but has been put on hold. According to sources, Quentin Tarantino was asked to edit certain parts of the movie but he clearly refused it. However, no reason has issued by the Chinese Censor Board but it happened after Shannon Lee’s complaint. Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter filed a complaint regarding her late father’s inappropriate portrayal in the movie. She points out portrayal as “arrogant” and “boastful”. Not only his daughter but Bruce Lee’s closed ones also do criticise Tarantino’s portrayal of Bruce Lee in the movie. Even after all this criticism, it seems Tarantino has no plans to edit his film.
Despite, the complaint filed by Shannon Lee Tarantino’s decision still remains unshaken. While in Moscow Press Conference, he said,
“Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy. The way he was talking, I didn’t just make all of that up.”
Bruce Lee playing the character named Mike Moh in the movie is seen ‘cocky’. Although he believes “he could have crippled Mohammad Ali in a fight”. He is also seen engaging in a ‘friendly’ fight with Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) where Booth throws Lee into the side of the car.
Take It or Leave It Attitude:
Although this is not the first time, Tarantino’s movies have been challenged by Chinese Censor Board. Django Unchained was finally released when nudity and several fight scenes were edited. The Chinese Censor Board has developed a strict nature regarding Tarantino’s movies.
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