It was Toshio Suzuki, one of the producers had sent him a authentic katana with a note says "NO CUTS!"...Both of the Weinstein's have a really terrible track record of changing things to the detriment of the film as a whole.Bob Weinstein hated Mimic (1997) and when Guillermo Del Toro stood his ground he hired Robert Rodriguez to direct second unit footage. Also, Harvey Weinstein famously wanted to cut down Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki and Snowpiercer by Bong Joon-Ho.In the case of Princess Mononoke because Studio Ghibli was aware of Harvey Weinstein's reputation one of the producers actually sent him a Katana with a message that said "No Cuts". With Snowpiercer Bong Joon-Ho refused to make the cuts Weinstein wanted and Weinstein only relented when Snowpiercer opened in Korea as well as France to critical acclaim and massive box office.Snowpiercer would get released but only in limited screenings.Secondhand reports told a story that studio heads feared that people wouldn't be able understand the movie.They put together their own cut of the movie that tested badly and made the case for releasing the director's original cut all the more relevant.
They don't call him "Harvey Scissorhands" for nothing.
But Miramax was known to cut Asian HK films and dubbed it in English like that I care that the fact Miramax hires American voice actors for the Asian characters, especially the Jackie Chan & Jet Li films, to mention this, Iron Monkey was cut, re-scored, but differently translated:
Jackie Chan Films:
Dragon Lord: (Original: 102 Mins, Cut: 94 Mins)
Project A (Original: 106 Mins, Cut: 98 Mins)
Operation Condor 2: The Armour of the Gods aka Armour of God (Original: 98 Mins, Cut: 87 Mins)
Project A 2 (Original: 106 Mins, Cut: 101 Mins)
Supercop aka Police Story 3: Supercop (Original: 95 Mins, Cut: 91 Mins)
Operation Condor aka Armour of God 2 (Original: 107 Mins, Cut: 92 Mins)
Twin Dragons (Original: 100 Mins, Cut: 89 Mins)
The Accidental Spy (Original: 108 Mins, Cut: 87 Mins)
Just stupid and unnecessary for Miramax to adopt New Line Cinema's model of cutting Jackie's films although First Strike was horrendous at its 80 Minute version, but New Line shouldve sued Miramax for that kind of bullshit. But I'll tell you, Devil's Due editor Rod Dean who did Twin Dragons has to be one of the most horrendous idiotic editors that created his own story and cut the original film that was so incredibly fantastic that was turned into a complete 88 minute mess.