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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Well, that escalated quickly. You remember that whole back and forth between Quentin Tarantino and Bruce Lee’s daughter. Apparently, Shannon Lee was not happy with how Tarantino portrayed Bruce Lee in the film and took umbrage with it. We saw some back and forth comments in the press, and I figured we’d be done with it. Both had said their piece and made their thoughts no.

But Lee took things to the next level. If comments to the press was a level five, this would have been level 17. According to THR Lee made an appeal to China’s National Film Administration, demanding the film change her father’s portrayal.

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In case you didn’t know, in the film, Bruce Lee is shown to be a bit on the cocky and arrogant side, and is ultimately embarrassed by Brad Pitt’s character, Cliff, when they get into a friendly fight while on a Hollywood backlot.

There is a reported scramble from Chinese backer Bona Film Group and Tarantino to recut the film before the October 25 release date, but a follow-up post indicated that Tarantino refused, pretty much saying they could take it or leave it as-is.

When I’d first heard this story, I thought this may have been related to some of the other drama surrounding China as of late, but no, it looks to be a different matter altogether, but it certainly doesn’t help the case.

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SOURCE: THR (1), (2)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.