There are some filmmakers who can't shirk controversy no matter how hard they try. In a way, that is the nature of good filmmakers. If you are doing something important and unique, you tend to get detractors. The best films get us talking, even if that means that some people have a negative view of the film.
There is no filmmaker who is more controversial than Quentin Tarantino. He has his own set of controversies as far as his foot fetish and the way he handles certain people in the media, but for the most part it is his films that really get people talking, whether from his flagrant use of the n-word, to his extreme violence.
His most recent film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, definitely got people talking. It is a movie that depicts a fairy tale version of the Sharon Tate murders through telling the story of a fictional actor loosely based off of Burt Reynolds. One key scene, however, got many people uset.
Shannon Lee Says Change the Film or No Chinese Release
Another person who had a big issue with Bruce Lee's depiction was Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee's daughter. Because of this, the Chinese release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has been cancelled. Chinese profits are huge to Hollywood movies, so this is not a small issue for the film. Shannon Lee went to China's National Film Administration and asked them to prevent the release of the film unless Tarantino would change the film to show her father in a more positive light.
The Chinese backers of the film are now trying to change the movie as fast as they can so they can continue with their October 25th release date that was originally scheduled. Tarantino is reportedly working with Bona Film Group, the Chinese backers of the film, to edit the film to continue with that release date.
Asians in Cinema
Shannon Lee had written an op-ed slamming Tarantino's depiction of her father. She claimed her father was treated as a "caricature" and an "arrogant a****** who was full of hot air." To her credit, Bruce Lee had to work much harder than his white counterparts at the time. The fact that he was able to become as big of a star as he was is a testament to his skill, affability, and work ethic. To then treat him as a laughingstock in a movie that loosely bases itself off reality is a poor choice with all of that in mind.
This all comes in the shadow of higher Asian representation in Hollywood after the release of films like Crazy Rich Asians and Call Me Maybe. Pop culture is shifting the way it looks at these non-white groups in their films and television. There might be some shake-ups, but ultimately it is a good thing.