'Uncharted' removed from PH cinemas for showing China's nine-dash line
'Uncharted' removed from PH cinemas for showing China's nine-dash line
'Uncharted' removed from PH cinemas for showing China's nine-dash line
by John Dexter Tilo27 April 2022

The 2022 action-adventure film "Uncharted" has been pulled out of Philippine cinemas after it showed a scene containing China's controversial nine-dash line.

Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., the production studio behind the film, pulled out of the movie following an order from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

The MTRCB, after a request from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), previously ordered Columbia Pictures to "cease and desist from exhibiting the said motion picture, unless and until they are able to remove the objectionable scenes."

According to the DFA on its request, the film depicted an image of China's maritime nine-dash line claim that is "contrary to national interest."


"The nine-dash claim is contrary to the national interest, which has been settled in the 2016 Arbitral Award," DFA said in a statement.

It reiterated that the Arbitral Tribunal ruled that China's nine-dash line has no legal basis and that the country "never had historic rights in the waters within the nine-dash line."

"Uncharted" is an adaptation of the video game franchise of the same name, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, with Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, and Antonio Banderas in supporting roles.

This is not the first time the DFA asked the MTRCB to stop the screening of a Hollywood movie locally. It also made the same request for the animated feature "Abominable" which also showed China's nine-dash line claim.

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