Paul W.S. Anderson (Event Horizon, Resident Evil) has his adaptation of Monster Hunter due out in theaters Dec. 25 here in the US but the film has already launch over seas. It didn’t take long for the film to be pulled from Chinese theaters following the backlash. The video game based film has run into some trouble overseas for a scene that Chinese audiences flet was a racially insensitive one.
At the moment production company, Tencent is working with the Chinese Government in order to have the scene edited out and have the film ultimately placed back in theaters.
The scene that Chinese audiences are pointing out as racially offensive involves actor Jin Au-Yeung and his interaction with another actor. In the short scene Au-Yeung says “Look at my knees. What kind of knees are these? Chinese.”
This dialogue has origins in a playground rhyme that was used to insult Asian children. I didn’t know that personally but that is what Deadline is reporting.
The official synopsis for Monster Hunter goes like this:
“A portal transports Lt. Artemis and an elite unit of soldiers to a strange world where powerful monsters rule with deadly ferocity. Faced with relentless danger, the team encounters a mysterious hunter who may be their only hope to find a way home.”
Hopefully, the Chinese government and Tencent are able to figure out a situation that would allow for re-release.