The Express Tribune, “20 years on, China alters anarchist ending of cult-classic ‘Fight Club’”

Author Chuck Palahniuk says Chinese ending ironically closer to the one in the original novel

January 27, 2022

Chinese authorities recently chose to censor the 1999 cult-classic Fight Club before it was screened on the Chinese streaming service Tencent Video, radically altering the film’s anarchist ending. Now, author Chuck Palahniuk, who penned the novel the film is based on, has shared in an interview that the Chinese ending is truer to the ending in the book as compared to the one in David Fincher’s adaptation.

The following contains spoilers for the 1999 film Fight Club and the 1996 novel of the same name.

The Fincher film sees the narrator, essayed by actor Edward Norton, killing his imaginary alter ego Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, following which he watches buildings explode, signalling the beginning of an anarchist era and the ending of capitalist society.

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