Vietnam Bans New Tom Holland Movie Over South China Sea Map


HANOI

Vietnam has banned a new Hollywood movie starring Tom Holland in scenes with a map showing Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea, state media reported on March 12.

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The action-adventure hug “Uncharted” shows a map featuring the so-called nine-dash line, which defines Beijing’s vast claims to disputed waters, where Hanoi has rival claims.

Sony’s film, starring Mark Walhberg, Antonio Banderas and Holland, was set to be released nationwide on March 18.

“During the review of the film, the National Rating and Classification Council found that the image of the nine-dash line appears in the film,” Vietnamese film department director Vi Kien Thanh said. to state-controlled Zing media.

“Therefore, this film will be banned from screening.”

On the film’s official Facebook page, Vietnamese users left comments decrying the map.

“Hoang Sa Truong Sa belongs to Vietnam!” reads one, referring to the disputed islands of Parcel and Spratly.

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The long-standing question has been hotly contested in the film world.

In the 2018 romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians,” a scene featuring a designer bag with a map of the world showing disputed South China Sea islands under Beijing’s control was cut in Vietnam.

A year later, Hanoi pulled DreamWorks animated film “Abominable” from screens over the same issue, Netflix also said to drop episodes of its “Pine Gap” series last year over similar scenes.

The South China Sea is home to valuable oil and gas deposits and shipping lanes, and several of China’s neighbors have expressed concern that it is seeking to expand its reach.

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