MONSTER HUNTER: Paul W. S. Anderson Apologies for "Chi-Knees" Joke; Sony Moves Up Release Date
There's no denying that Monster Hunter's Chinese debut didn't turn out the way Sony Pictures and Toho had imagined, as the brand-new adaptation of Capcom's best-selling franchise has been banned in said country.
Written, produced, and directed by the man responsible for the Mortal Kombat film adaptation and Alien vs. Predator, Monster Hunter recently came under fire from fans and critics for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it features an unexpected reference to the now-infamous "Chinese, Japanese, dirty knees" phrase.
In an effort to smooth things over, Paul W. S. Anderson has issued a new statement, apologising the people of China for the offensive joke (told by rapper, songwriter, and actor MC Jin, who's of Asian descent himself).
"I am absolutely devastated that a line from our movie, Monster Hunter, has offended some audience members in China," Anderson said in an official statement. "I apologize for any anxiety or upset that this line and its interpretation caused. Monster Hunter was made as fun entertainment and I am mortified that anything within it has caused unintentional offense. We have respectfully removed the line from the movie. It was never our intention to send a message of discrimination or disrespect to anyone. To the contrary — at its heart our movie is about unity," the Resident Evil: The Final Chapter director added.
With Monster Hunter being banned in China — it doesn't seem like the flick will be screening in the Middle Kingdom again anytime soon — the team at Sony Pictures has decided to change the film's release date in the US. To avoid a clash with Wonder Woman 1984, Monster Hunter will now be arriving on December 18.