Chinese authorities recently chose to censor the 1999 cult classic fight club before it aired on Chinese streaming service Tencent Video, dramatically altering the film’s anarchist ending. Now, author Chuck Palahniuk, who wrote the novel the film is based on, has shared in an interview that the Chinese ending is more faithful to the book’s ending than that of David Fincher’s adaptation.
The following contains spoilers for the 1999 film Fight Club and the 1996 novel of the same name.
The film Fincher sees the narrator, tried by actor Edward Norton, kill his imaginary alter ego Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, after which he watches buildings explode, signaling the beginning of an anarchist era and the end of society. capitalist.
In the Chinese ending, the climactic scene is replaced by a blank screen with the text: “The police quickly figured out the whole plan and arrested all the criminals, successfully preventing the explosion of the bomb.” After the trial, Tyler was sent to an insane asylum to receive psychological treatment. He was released from hospital in 2012.
Palahniuk sarcastically tweeted about the ending, “Have you seen that shit? It’s SUPER wonderful! Everyone has a happy ending in China!
He later said in an interview with TMZ“The irony is that the way the Chinese changed it is that they lined up the ending almost exactly with the ending of the book, as opposed to Fincher’s ending, which was the more visually dramatic ending.”
He added, “So in a way, the Chinese kind of brought the movie back into the book.”
In the novel, the narrator’s plan to bring down society is foiled not because of police intervention, but because of a malfunctioning bomb. He then shoots himself in the head, waking up in a mental hospital thinking this is heaven.