China edited the ending of 'Fight Club' so that the police save the day and put Tyler Durden in a mental hospital

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The poster for 1999's Fight Club
Edward Norton and Brad Pitt on the poster for 1999's Fight Club.20th Century Fox
  • The 1999 hit film "Fight Club" has a very different ending on an online streaming platform in China.

  • The movie's iconic final scene was cut from the version on streaming platform Tencent Video, Vice reported.

  • In its place, a title card says authorities took down the flick's antagonist, played by Brad Pitt.

The 1999 hit film "Fight Club" starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton has been given a totally different ending in a new release on an online streaming platform in China, according to reports.

In the new version of David Fincher's cult classic film on the streaming platform Tencent Video, the movie's final scene — in which (spoiler alert) Norton's character kills off his split personality Tyler Durden (played by Pitt) and then watches a skyline of buildings detonate through a window alongside Marla Singer (played by Helena Bonham Carter) — has been totally cut out.

The iconic scene played out to the tune of "Where Is My Mind?" by Pixies shows how Durden's anti-capitalist plan created by "Project Mayhem" unfolds.

But on the Chinese streaming site, the explosion scene was cut and viewers are shown a title card that states police took down Durden and stopped his terrorist plans.

"Through the clue provided by Tyler, the police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding," a caption in the new cut says, Vice reported.

The caption adds, "After the trial, Tyler was sent to lunatic asylum receiving psychological treatment. He was discharged from the hospital in 2012."

It was not clear whether the final scene was edited by the order of the government to comply with censorship rules.

A source told Vice that the movie was altered by the copyright owner and then greenlit by the government before it was sold to streaming sites.

Tencent Video declined to comment about the matter to Insider on Tuesday.

Surprisingly, the new edit is, in some ways, more accurate to the book the film is based on.

In the novel "Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk, the protagonist's bombs do fail to detonate — not because of police heroics but because Tyler Durden mixes the explosives incorrectly.

The protagonist also ends up in mental health institution, like in the Chinese edit. But the book's ending is much darker — the narrator is approached by hospital staff who reveal they're members of Durden's terrorist group and are expecting him to return.

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