we watched a stupid video game inspired film called "uncharted", where apparently gold treaures weigh as much as styroform plastic, people falling 300 feet into the ocean never get hurt, and Tom Holland is doing Spidy type tricks without the ability to throw webs around.
The "Treasure" of Magellen was supposed to be found in Mindanao, but because of Covid, they filmed it in Spain and only added some background from the Philippines shot by the second crew.
But you know, although the marvel type movies are usually a hit here (Dr Strange is showing in our local theatre), it seems that Uncharted is being censored here:
Because the map includes China's nine dash line implying they own the entire West Philippine Sea/ East Vietnam sea/ aka south china sea which China is slowly trying to steal by building artificial islands there, in defiance of an international court decision that noted their claim to the area is bogus.
"The nine-dash claim is contrary to national interest, which has been settled in the 2016 Arbitral Award. The Arbitral Tribunal held that China’s nine-dash line has no legal basis as its accession to UNCLOS has extinguished any of its rights that it may have had in the maritime areas in the South China Sea," the DFA said. "China also never had historic rights in the waters within the nine-dash line," it added. Last March, Vietnam blocked "Uncharted" in its cinemas over the same map prior to its screening on March 18.
Yes, they included that piece of propaganda to please their Chinese masters.
and this is not the first time China's propaganda is being pushed by movie companies. As CNN notes:
Sony's Columbia Pictures Industries Inc was ordered to stop screening the film and has complied, the Foreign Ministry said. Sony Pictures did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. In 2019, the Philippines' Foreign Ministry requested DreamWorks to shut down cinema screenings of animated film "Abominable" after a scene showed the same Chinese nine-dash line.