China censors strike again: Taiwanese and Japanese flags cut from new Top Gun film

Tom Cruise gets new flight jacket patch courtesy of Tencent Pictures

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/20
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Screen shots: Top Gun (1986, above) and Top Gun 2 (2020, below) (Paramount Pictures)
Screen shots: Top Gun (1986, above) and Top Gun 2 (2020, below) (Paramount Pictures)


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – With the surprise release of a Top Gun 2 trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 19, another example China’s campaign to suppress Taiwan also made an unexpected appearance.

Some netizens watching the trailer for the Top Gun sequel, to be released 35 years after the original, noticed a seemingly minor difference between the leather pilot’s jacket from the original film and the one worn by Tom Cruise’s character Pete Mitchell in the sequel.

On the back of the jacket , the large navy patch that originally included the Japanese and Taiwanese flags has been curiously edited to have them removed. Twitter user Mark McKinnon brought the Twitter-sphere’s attention to the change.

Upon investigation, the reason for the change was easily deduced when netizens discovered that China’s Tencent pictures is one of the primary production partners, after they made a deal with Paramount in 2018 to collaborate on the film.    [FULL  STORY]

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