Viet­nam bans ‘Abom­inable’ over map claim

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

HANOI (AP) — Viet­nam has pulled “Abom­inable” from the­aters be­cause the U.S.-Chi­nese-made an­i­mated movie showed a map sup­port­ing Chi­nese claims to the dis­puted South China Sea.

The im­age in one scene showed the so-called nine-dash line, a vague and bro­ken out­line around the re­sourcerich wa­ters China claims as its own ter­ri­tory. Those claims over­lap with claims by Viet­nam and other Asian gov­ern­ments, and an in­ter­na­tional tri­bunal in 2016 in­val­i­dated China’s vast claims in a case brought by the Philip­pines.

“Abom­inable,” the story of a Chi­nese girl who helps a yeti get back to its home on Mount Ever­est, is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion and China-based Pearl Stu­dio.

It was shown in Viet­namese cin­e­mas for a week be­fore its re­moval, the state-owned Tuoi Tre news­pa­per re­ported Mon­day.

“We will be more alert and more vig­or­ous in cen­sor­ship,” the head of the gov­ern­ment’s cin­ema de­part­ment, Nguyen Thu Ha, was quoted as say­ing.

The de­part­ment is re­spon­si­ble for the cen­sor­ship of all movies for vi­o­lence, sex and un­fa­vor­able po­lit­i­cal mes­sages in au­thor­i­tar­ian Viet­nam.

Trail­ers and other as­so­ci­ated in­for­ma­tion for “Abom­inable” have been re­moved from the Viet­namese dis­trib­u­tors’ web­site and so­cial me­dia chan­nels. The movie’s trailer and posters were re­moved from ad­ver­tis­ing screens in the­aters.

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