Monster Hunter Movie Pulled Just After One Day In China Following Backlash Of Derogatory Joke

Posted on December 9, 2020 by Nick Moreno

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While theaters in North America are still sitting patient until the box office release for Constantin Films’ Monster Hunter, the Paul S.W. Anderson-directed film is facing discourse across the globe in mainland China. While the film did receive priority marketing for the region leading up to the delivery of the motion picture, it only took one day before the movie was decided to be pulled from theaters.

According to a string of tweets reported by Niko Partners’ David Ahmad, he tells that the film was withdrawn from theaters is based on a derogatory joke that aims at the Chinese people. While the clip he provided has now been DMCA claimed by Sony Pictures, Ahmad goes to elaborate on the context in a tweet you can read for yourself.

Given the controversy and certainly the backlash on the matter in the region, Capcom issued a statement on the situation by apologizing for the racist pun that was included in the final cut of the film. While the firm addresses the problem at hand, it is uncertain how this will affect the movie as no statement discloses a new cut which does not include the segment removed.

Following the news on the joke that remained in the film, Monster Hunter World on Steam is facing its own problems as users a review bombing the game in response to the discovery of the racy pun. Ahmad does offer that the film will not return to theaters until a re-cut is in place, but to reiterate, it has yet to be verified when Sony Pictures will make one.

Furthermore, Ahmad explains that the subtitling of the film in the specific scene while not matching the translation to the English version does still leave a distasteful impact on Chinese viewers. The wording in the subtitles also convinces Chinese viewers the joke was intentional in attacking Chinese people and Hollywood’s lack of awareness on the matter.

Leading up to the film’s box office release in different territories, Capcom announced a new event for Monster Hunter World which incorporates Milla Jovovich’s Artemis in the two new timed missions. You can read the full post by heading here.

What are your thoughts on the film and its response to the joke uncovered?

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