The original ending of “Fight Club” was restored in China after a censored ending caused an uproar among fans.
As previously reported by Human Events News, the original “Fight Club” ends with the narrator, played by Edward Norton, killing his split personality Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt.
In the final scene, the narrator watches his plan to destroy consumerism by erasing bank and debt records come to life as his followers set off explosives to destroy several skyscrapers.
The version released in China, however, has a completely different ending, which was recently discovered by fans who viewed the film on the Chinese streaming site Tencent Video.
In the alternate ending, the entire scene featuring exploding buildings is cut out and replaced to have the authorities win. Specifically, the film closes with a blank screen showing a few sentences of text.
“Through the clue provided by Tyler, the police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding,” the message says. “After the trial, Tyler was sent to a lunatic asylum receiving psychological treatment. He was discharged from the hospital in 2012.”
After facing backlash from fans, it appears Tencent restored the original ending, The Hill reports.
Eleven of the 12 minutes that were edited out in the cut were restored, including the original ending. However, nude scenes remain censored.
It remains unclear whether the censorship was ordered by the Chinese government or was Tencent’s decision.