On the afternoon of July 10, Netflix has responded to Youth about the Chinese movie Flight to you (The direction the wind goes) was asked to remove by the Cinema Department because of the illegal image of the “cow’s tongue line” (nine-dash line). A Netflix spokesperson said: “Because some details in the episodes are prohibited by Vietnamese government regulations, Netflix has removed the series. The direction of the wind platform in Vietnam. The film is still available on the platform in other countries.”
Previously, on July 9, Deputy Director of the Cinema Department (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) Do Quoc Viet confirmed that he had just signed and issued Official Letter No. The direction of the wind because in the movie there is illegal “cow’s tongue line”.
The Film Department has reviewed and checked the entire content of the film The direction of the wind broadcast on https://www.netflix.com and the Netflix app to users in Vietnam. The review process showed that the image of the “cow’s tongue line” appeared on the map in many scenes in 9 different episodes (18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30 and 38) and attached. dialogue and subtitles: “One day this map will go to many places in the world” from 41 minutes 18 seconds to 41 minutes 55 seconds in episode 18. “The presentation of the image of the “cow’s tongue line” and The content in the dialogue and subtitles as mentioned above in the film is incorrect, infringes on Vietnam’s national sovereignty and violates the provisions of point d, clause 1, article 9 of the Law on Cinema No. 05/2022/QH15.” , the dispatch emphasized.
In addition to Netflix, the Cinema Department also issued Official Letter No. 871/DA-VP to FPT Telecom Joint Stock Company regarding the removal of the above film because it contains the illegal “cow’s tongue line” image. On the evening of 9.7, FPT Play confirmed with Youth that the unit removed the film The direction of the wind off the platform.
“We affirm that the content on the platform always ensures that the full process of censorship is carried out before broadcasting. About the case of the movie The direction the wind goes – Flight to you, prior to release, the unit processes (removes, cuts out) inappropriate images. And when there is a request from the authorities to handle, we always fully comply with the regulations. Currently, we have officially removed the film from our domain and applications and infrastructure and are waiting for further instructions from state management agencies,” the company said.
Flight to you aired from December 2022 to January 2023, the work has Vuong Khai and Dam Tung Yun in the lead. This is not the first Chinese film to be found to have an illegal “cow’s tongue” map. Previously, Vietnamese audiences had discovered films such as: The first born in the world, You are my pride, To our warm youth… also had a similar image and was vehemently called for by the public to boycott. Outside Flight to youanother movie starring Dam Tung Yun is Taking the name of a family member (2020) was also turned away by Vietnamese audiences because of the illegal “nine-dash line” image.
Not only Chinese films, many international works such as: Abominable, Uncharted, Pine gap… was also banned from being released in Vietnam for the same reason. Most recently, the case Barbie was banned from showing in Vietnam because of the image of the “cow’s tongue line” that attracted the attention of Vietnamese public opinion as well as the international media and made Warner Bros. must explain.