Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: Leonardo DiCaprio & Brad Pitt's film will not release in China; Here's Why
Quentin Tarantino's directorial, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, was all set to release in China on October 25, 2019. However, the release has now been put on hold indefinitely. Read below to find out why.
One of the biggest buzzworthy movies of 2019 was Quentin Tarantino's directorial, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. In what was the casting coup of the decade, the Pulp Fiction (1994) director was able to get Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in the same film, along with Margot Robbie, Al Pacino and the late Luke Perry. OUATIH was not just critically acclaimed but managed to earn an impressive $366 million (globally), on a $90 million budget. Tarantino's ninth directorial was all set to release in China, on October 25, which would have helped the film cross the $400 million box-office mark.
However, such is not the case! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood's release in China has been indefinitely put on hold. While no concrete reason was given to the production house on why such a drastic decision was taken this near to the release, a source shared with THR that Bruce Lee's daughter Shannon Lee appealed to China's National Film Administration demanding for changes in the way her later father was portrayed in Quentin's movie.
In one of the prominent sequences of OUATIH, Bruce Lee (played by Mike Moh) is seen flaunting his martial arts skill in a pompous manner and gets into a scuffle with Cliff Booth (played by Brad Pitt). While neither party won the scuffle, it was assumed that Booth could have one-upped his opponent, who just happens to be Bruce Lee!
In an earlier interview with The Wrap, Shannon spoke about her father's portrayal in the movie. "He comes across as an arrogant a*****e who was full of hot air. And not someone who had to fight triple as hard as any of those people did to accomplish what was naturally given to so many others," Lee stated.
However, according to Variety, Tarantino will not recut Once Upon A Time In Hollywood to adhere to the Chinese censors. It looks like Brad and Leo's bromance will not be making its way to the Chinese theatres.