Quentin Tarantino REFUSES to recut Once Upon A Time In Hollywood for Chinese censors after they banned the film there 'over its portrayal of Bruce Lee as arrogant'

  • Tarantino is refusing to recut 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' to appease China 
  • Chinese censors are reportedly outraged at movie's portrayal of Bruce Lee
  • Martial arts star's daughter Shannon Lee demanded the film be censored
  • She claimed he wad depicted as an 'arrogant a*****e who was full of hot air'

Director Quentin Tarantino is reportedly refusing to make changes to his new film 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' to appease Chinese censors.

Tarantino will make no changes to the film for China after that country abruptly blocked its release scheduled for October 25, a source close to the situation told the Hollywood Reporter.

Though no explanation was given to Sony Pictures on China's move to ban the film, it is believed to be related to the film's portrayal of late martial arts star Bruce Lee, who is of Chinese descent. 

The project was shelved by Beijing after Bruce Lee's daughter complained about the movie's portrayal of her father, according to sources.

Chinese authorities have called off the release of Quentin Tarantino's new film 'Once upon a Time in Hollywood' over scenes depicting Bruce Lee (pictured), according to sources

Chinese authorities have called off the release of Quentin Tarantino's new film 'Once upon a Time in Hollywood' over scenes depicting Bruce Lee (pictured), according to sources

Shannon Lee is said to have made a personal appeal to Beijing's censors, requesting scenes involving her father be edited in the star-studded flick featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.

The 50-year-old previously said it was 'disheartening' for her to see the film presenting her father as 'an arrogant a**hole'.  

Earlier reports indicated that the film's Chinese distributor Bona Film Group, which has also invested in the production, was working with Tarantino to make changes to the film in a bid to salvage the situation.  

'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' is Tarantino's ninth film.

Bruce Lee's daughter Shannon Lee (right) is said to have made a personal appeal to Beijing's censors for the film to be altered, according to a report

Bruce Lee's daughter Shannon Lee (above) is said to have made a personal appeal to Beijing's censors for the film to be altered, according to a report. She previously said it was 'disheartening' to see Tarantino's interpretation of her father, which she said was a 'mockery'

Bruce Lee, who was born in San Francisco, was one of the most recognizable Asian-American actors. He is seen fighting in martial arts film Enter The Dragon, which was released in 1973

Bruce Lee, who was born in San Francisco, was one of the most recognizable Asian-American actors. He is seen fighting in martial arts film Enter The Dragon, which was released in 1973

Set in Los Angeles in 1969, the story follows faded TV star Rick Dalton (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), and his stunt double Cliff Booth (played by Brad Pitt) as they pursue fame and success in the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age.

The comedy-drama premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and had been schedule to release in China on October 25.

The plan has been put on hold indefinitely after Shannon contacted China's National Film Administration, reported The Hollywood Reporter citing sources. 

'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' had been slated to hit the screen on October 25
The film's Chinese distributor is now working with Tarantino to change the scenes depicting Bruce Lee

'Once upon a Time in Hollywood' had been slated to hit the screen on October 25, but its Chinese distributor is now working with Tarantino to change the scenes depicting Bruce Lee 

Shannon has publicly spoken against the movie's presentation of the late martial arts legend who died in 1973 at the age of 32.

She said in July it was 'disheartening' to see what she billed as the 'mockery' the $90 million (£70 million) film made out of her father.

She said her father, played by Korean-American actor Mike Moh, was depicted in the film as 'an arrogant a**hole who was full of hot air'. 

'I understand they want to make the Brad Pitt character this super bada** who could beat up Bruce Lee. But they didn't need to treat him in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive,' she told entertainment news site The Wrap.

'It was really uncomfortable to sit in the theater and listen to people laugh at my father,' added Shannon who was four when her father died. 

Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Shannon said: 'For a lot of people, this is going to be their first introduction to Bruce Lee, in particular younger generations. 

'And they are going to think this is what he is, that he was this arrogant guy who liked to challenge people, and nothing could be further from the truth.' 

When Bruce Lee died in 1973 aged 32, his second child Shannon was only four years old

When Bruce Lee died in 1973 aged 32, his second child Shannon was only four years old

The character of Bruce Lee is one of the many bygone Hollywood stars featured in the film which is set in Los Angeles in 1969
The role is starred by Korean-American actor Mike Moh

The character of Bruce Lee is one of the many bygone Hollywood stars featured in the film which is set in Los Angeles in 1969. It is starred by Korean-American actor Mike Moh (right)

The story follows TV star Rick Dalton (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), and his stunt double Cliff Booth (played by Brad Pitt) as they pursue fame in the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age

The story follows TV star Rick Dalton (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), and his stunt double Cliff Booth (played by Brad Pitt) as they pursue fame in the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age

Tarantino defended his interpretation of Bruce Lee while promoting his film in Russia in summer.

'Bruce Lee was kind of an arrogant guy,' Tarantino was quoted saying by ET.

'The way he was talking, I didn't just make a lot of that up,' the writer-director hit back.  

MailOnline has reached out to Bona Film Group and Sony Pictures, the film's international distributor, for comment.    

Quentin Tarantino REFUSES to recut Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for Chinese censors

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