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Why Vietnam Pulled the Plug on the DreamWorks Movie ‘Abominable’

Oct 15, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Authorities in Vietnam have pulled the DreamWorks movie “Abominable” from theaters, and it’s all about international politics.

The New York Times reports that the movie, which is about a Chinese girl who befriends a yeti, was pulled because of a scene that includes a map of China.

“The map includes China’s so-called nine-dash line, which dips far down into the South China Sea — an audacious and hotly disputed claim to territory that Vietnam and other countries say is theirs,” The Times reports. “The image was enough to cause Vietnam’s largest theater chain to apologize for showing it, and for government officials to say they were reviewing the movie.”

The Times cites a report by the state-run newspaper Tuoi Tre quoting Tran Thanh Hiep, chairman of Vietnam’s national film evaluation council, saying: “Right now we are reinspecting the film. If there are any errors, I am ready to accept responsibility.”

The Times notes that the film was co-produced by DreamWorks Animation, which is owned by Comcast, and Pearl Studio, a Chinese production studio based in Shanghai.

“It has been praised for being one of the few big-studio films to focus on a Chinese family, voiced mostly by Asian-American actors,” The Times adds. “It led the box office in the United States in its first weekend, earning $20.9 million, and has received largely positive reviews.”

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