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Vietnam pulls DreamWorks' 'Abominable' film over South China Sea map

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Vietnam pulls DreamWorks' 'Abominable' film over South China Sea map

Vietnam pulls DreamWorks' 'Abominable' film over South China Sea map

Vietnam has pulled DreamWorks' animated film "Abominable" from cinemas over a scene featuring a map which shows China's unilaterally declared "nine-dash line" in the South China Sea.

Emily Wither reports.

Vietnam has pulled the plug on Dreamworks' latest animated film "Abominable." It was first shown in the country's cinemas on October 4 but now the posters are being hastily pulled down.

The controversy is all over a scene featuring a map which shows China's unilaterally declared "nine-dash line" in the South China Sea.

The U-shaped line made up of nine dashes is a feature used on Chinese maps to illustrate its claims over vast expanses of the resource-rich area.

It includes large swathes of what Vietnam regards as its continental shelf - a place where it has awarded oil concessions.

China and Vietnam have been locked in a standoff since China dispatched a vessel to conduct an energy survey in waters controlled by Vietnam in early July.

Locals are supportive of the ban.

(SOUNDBITE) (Vietnamese) MOVIE GOER, LE GIA HUY, SAYING: "I think it is the right thing to remove the movie.

It violated Vietnam's sovereignty.

If kids saw this film, their minds would be injected with wrong information at a young age." (SOUNDBITE) (Vietnamese) MOVIE GOER, PHAN THI NHI HA, SAYING: "At first, I was planning to go to see this film, but after I learnt about the dotted-line (that marks China's claims of the islands), I don't think I should not watch it.

Many people are saying the same thing online too." The film is about a Chinese girl who discovers a yeti living on her roof.

It was jointly produced by Shanghai-based Pearl Studio and Comcast-owned DreamWorks Animation.

Abominable was being marketed in Vietnam as "Everest: The Little Yeti." It was removed from cinemas on Sunday after images of the scene with the offending map were shared widely on social media.




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