Yes, it did, and it was a super bum out that disturbed me for days. I'm so glad the US version had the character escaping.
That movie was so awesome, it's on my master list of DVD wantitude.
I bought my copy of the first one on the five dollar rack at walmart. Someone also had the whole sequel on youtube before it was even available in the U.S. Judging by the end of the sequel I'd say a third one will be coming soon, hopefully anyway