The director of the Monster hunter The film adaptation apologized for the dialogue that sparked an uproar on social media in China and led to the film being pulled from theaters there, according to Deadline.
Paul WS Anderson said he was “mortified” that the film “caused an unintentional violation”. In question, it is the reply pronounced by Jin Au-Yeung (a rapper who also performs under the name of MC Jin). In the scene, Jin plays a soldier making jokes with a buddy as they walk through the desert together. He said, “Look at my knees. What kind of knees are they? Chinese. “
Chinese theaters, finding the pun deeply offensive, ripped off the film shortly after its December 4 premiere. CNN reported on Monday that users of the Chinese social media platform called the line racist and demanded an apology from Jin.
Anderson said on Wednesday that the line was cut from the film, which is set to launch on Christmas Day in the United States. “I apologize for any anxiety or upset this line and its interpretation have caused,” said the director. ” Monster hunter was intended as fun entertainment and I am mortified that everything in it has caused unintentional offense.
Monster hunterTencent’s Chinese release is managed by Tencent; Sony owns the distribution rights for the film outside of China, Japan, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The latest Box Office Mojo figures show the film grossed just over $ 2 million upon its release in Taiwan and Saudi Arabia. Deadline reported on Wednesday that the film grossed $ 5.3 million when it debuted.
Jin posted a video to Instagram in which he apologized for the line, but also expressed frustration at the controversy it caused. “It’s unfortunate that it has reached this level, especially since the line was meant to be uplifting,” Jin said. “To my Chinese fans, I appreciate all your support and understanding during this time.”
Milla Jovovich, who is married to Anderson and stars in Monster hunter (his seventh adaptation of a Capcom video game) replied to Jin on Instagram, saying, “It was an unfortunate mistake and the Chinese translation didn’t help.