Chinese Censors Alter Minions: The Rise of Gru Movie Ending | China

Censors in China changed the ending of the animated film Minions: The Rise of Gru for its domestic release, according to viewers in the country, in another example of China altering a popular Hollywood film.

According to messages and screenshots from the film, shared on Weibo, a platform similar to Twitter, there is a censors addendum showing that Wild Knuckles, a main character in the heist film, was arrested by the police and served 20 years in prison.

He also states that Gru, a co-conspirator of Wild Knuckles, “has returned to his family” and “his greatest accomplishment is being the father of his three daughters”.

In the international version, the film ends with Gru and Wild Knuckles leaving together after the latter fakes his own death to evade capture.

Many online commenters mocked the edits, saying they looked like a PowerPoint presentation.

DuSir, a movie review editor with 14.4 million Weibo subscribers, noted that the Chinese version was a minute longer than the international version and wondered why the extra time was needed.

“It is only us who need special guidance and care lest a cartoon ‘corrupt’ us,” DuSir wrote.

Huaxia Film Distribution and China Film Co, the film’s distributors in China, did not respond to a request for comment.

China has imposed a limit on the number of foreign films that can be shown in domestic cinemas. Many Hollywood films shown in the country have certain scenes omitted or changed.

This year, Chinese viewers of the 1999 film Fight Club noticed that the original ending, in which the protagonist and his alter ego blow up skyscrapers, was not in the version shown on the national streaming site Tencent Video. .

Instead, an on-screen script stated that the police “quickly figured out the whole plan and arrested all the criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from detonating”.

The changes were widely mocked and even elicited responses from the film’s director and the author of the novel it was based on. Tencent then restored the original ending.

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