NPR: Great News! The Philippine Film Regulator has given a green light to the ‘Barbie” movie and it will be shown.
Movie and Television Review Classification Board, the Philippines’ film regulator, has given its approval to the movie ‘Barbie.’ The MTRCB approved the film’s release and allowed it to be screened in the country. The film regulator made this decision after carefully assessing the content of the movie to ensure that it is in line with Filipino values and cultural norms.
Fans of the iconic doll as well as movie lovers have been excited by the news that the movie ‘Barbie,’ has been approved for release in Philippines. This decision reflects MTRCB’s commitment to provide diverse and entertaining content for Filipino audiences, while also protecting their interests. The board’s decision to approve ‘Barbie,’ demonstrates that it recognizes the importance of pop culture and its influence over youth as well as the role of the film industry.
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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines film regulator has ruled that Warner Bros. upcoming Barbie After a review, a map that appears in the film to represent China’s controversial Nine-Dash Line will be allowed in all theaters.
In the scene, Barbie (Margot Robbie) shows up to another Barbie’s home for help in her existential crisis. A colorful map of the world is shown in the background. “real world” The eastern coast is briefly shown with a dotted arc.
China arbitrarily claims the South China Sea. It does so by using the nine-dash lines. Many Southeast Asian nations, including the Philippines, have long been locked in a territorial dispute with China over crucial waterway — saying that Beijing’s claims threaten their sovereignty.
Consider the context “the Review Committee is convinced that the contentious scene does not depict the ‘nine-dash line,” Philippine Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, in a statement said: statement released Tuesday. “Instead the map portrayed the route of the make-believe journey of Barbie from Barbie Land to the ‘real world,’ as an integral part of the story.”
Warner Bros. defended the mapSaying it “is a whimsical, child-like crayon drawing” This was not meant to be a statement. Still, some saw it as the studio giant catering to China’s film market, worth billions of dollar. and growing.
The decision was made by Philippine Senator Francis Tolentino who had initially called for the film to be reviewed last week. “sad.”
Francis Tolentino says he is saddened by the MTRCB decision. He wanted to ban the Barbie movie in the Philippines.
“Tayo po ay nalulungkot dahil bukas ‘yong ika-7 anibersaryo ng pagkapanalo natin sa arbitral court na pinawalang-bisa iyung 9-dash line.”
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“We respect that MTRCB, if this is 8 dash line, 7 dash line, or 9 dash line,” Tolentino told reporters. “What I see here is China keeping on claiming the Philippine waters, and this is trampling on the rights of our fishermen and even of the Philippine Coast Guard.”
Philippines is no longer a member of Vietnam in banning the movie over the map. Barbie DreamWorks’ ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ joins the growing list of films banned in Vietnam due to their maps that include the nine-dash-line. Abominable Sony Uncharted.
The decision to allow Barbie Philippine Coast Guard to announce a show in Philippine theatres within days reporting a large swarm of nearly 50 Chinese vessels gathering near Iroquois Reef — which is solidly in Philippine waters. Philippine officials are concerned about the possibility that China is preparing to attempt to take control of the reef. Therefore, they have ordered a greater presence by the coastguard and military.