HANOI: Vietnam has banned Sony’s motion film Uncharted from home distribution over a scene that includes a map that exhibits a disputed line declared by China to stake its declare to massive elements of the South China Sea, state media reported on Saturday (Mar 12).
The U-shaped “nine-dash line” is used on Chinese language maps as an example its claims over huge areas of the resource-rich South China Sea, together with swathes of what Vietnam regards as its continental shelf, the place it has awarded oil concessions.
Uncharted, an motion and journey movie based mostly on a online game sequence about treasure searching, stars Tom Holland and was resulting from hit cinemas nationwide on Mar 18.
“The movie was banned from distribution after we watched it and located it contained an unlawful picture of the notorious nine-dash line,” state-run Vietnam Information Company reported, citing Vi Kien Thanh, head of the Division of Cinema, a authorities physique answerable for licensing and censoring overseas movies.
Vietnam pulled DreamWorks’ animated movie Abominable from cinemas in 2019 and ordered Netflix in 2021 to take away some episodes of the Pine Hole sequence over the identical situation.
The Southeast Asian nation this week protested twice over navy workout routines by China and Taiwan in what it describes as its unique financial zone, and demanded they respect Vietnam’s sovereignty and bonafide rights at sea.