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1.3B People Denied Chance to See Tarantino Movie

'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' is canceled in China
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2019 1:50 PM CDT
American writer and film director Quentin Tarantino pose for photographers prior to the premiere of the movie 'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood' in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

(Newser) – Chinese audiences hoping to see Quentin Tarantino's latest movie are going to have to wait—maybe for an illegal copy. China's National Film Administration has abruptly canceled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's Oct. 25 release without giving an official explanation, Los Angeles Magazine reports. But sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that Bruce Lee's daughter urged the Chinese film office to demand changes in the way her father was portrayed. Bona Film Group, the film's backer in China, was said to be recutting the movie with Tarantino, but an insider now tells the Reporter that Tarantino refuses to recut.

Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, complained that her dad appeared "arrogant" and "full of hot air" in Once Upon a Time. "With Tarantino's film, to not have been included in any kind of way, when I know that he reached out to other people but did not reach out to me, there's a level of annoyance—and there's part of me that says this is not worth my time and my energy," she said in June. "Let's just see how the universe deals with this one." The movie has earned $366 million so far and was expected to top the $400 million mark in China. The only other Tarantino movie to receive China approval was Django Unchained, which was mysteriously canceled only minutes into its premiere. (Read more Quentin Tarantino stories.)

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