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While a lot of western fans are over the top Greta GerwigNext Barbie Movie, pink flick Probably, things don’t look so bright across the Pacific. For each deadline report, Barbie It was apparently banned from every theater in Vietnam, due to the political inconsistency regarding the map shown in the film depicting China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. The scene in question shows the map with the “nine commas” line, which the Vietnamese government objects to.

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BarbieSet as a fantasy comedy based on Mattel’s iconic fashion doll, it’s the latest film from acclaimed director Greta Gerwig. Her previous work includes two Academy Award-nominated films, a coming-of-age comedy Lady Bird (2017) and period drama little Women (2019), which featured an all-star cast such as Florence Pugh (do not worry my love), Timothée Chalamet (Dune: Part One), Harry Potter alum Emma Watson, Meryl Streep (do not search), Saoirse Ronan (French Dispatch), and more. Barbie is a dream project between Gerwig and lead star Margot Robbie, which took a long time to make and represents some of the greatest achievements in production design and set composition. Gerwig co-wrote the screenplay with Noah Baumbach, and brought along an amazingly talented cast, such as Robbie as Barbie herself, and Ryan Gosling (gray man(as Ken, Kate McKinnon)bomb), Simo Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), and Will Ferrell (Lusty).

The controversy between Vietnam and Barbieland

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Unfortunately, Barbie It is the latest film to be deleted by the National Board of Vietnam Film Rating, due to its inclusion of the U-shaped “Nine Divide Line”, which represents China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Vietnam has long contested these claims with neighboring China in international court, and as the conflict continues, no film outlining the Nine Police Line is allowed to be shown in Vietnamese theaters. Other films affected by this particular rule include DreamWorks’ loathsomeSony Not rentedAnd Netflix’s Pine Gap. There are times when content in a film considered culturally controversial in other countries may be removed or edited under an agreement between the studio and the country in question, in order to allow screenings for audiences who wish to see the film. However, that does not seem to be the case here.

Despite that setback, Barbie It’s looking to be one of the biggest hits of the summer, with a current $80 million domestic box office opening. This puts it above many of the other summer movies, including Flash, Indiana Jones and the Port of Destiny And Oppenheimer, which releases on the same day and is expected to earn around $40 million in its opening weekend. Even without the potential box office in Vietnam, Barbie Her pink convertible pulls into theaters July 21. Check out the latest trailer for the movie below.


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