Top Gun: Maverick escaped Chinese censors and restored the Taiwanese flag to the back of Tom Cruise's jacket (pictured)

Top Gun Reinstates Taiwanese Flag On Maverick’s Jacket After Removing It For Trailer, Angering China

Top Gun warns China by reinstating Taiwanese flag on Maverick’s jacket after its removal for trailer caused uproar

  • In the 1986 original, Tom Cruise wore a jacket with flags of Taiwan and Japan
  • 2019 sequel trailer saw them removed, sparking fury from fans
  • The flags have now been restored after the removal of the Chinese production film

Top Gun: Maverick risked anger China by restoring the Taiwanese flag on the back of Tom Cruisein the new blockbuster.

In the original 1986 classic, Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell wears a leather jacket with patches on the back, commemorating his father’s battleship tours in Japan and Taiwan in 1963 to 1964.

But when the trailer for the highly anticipated sequel was released in 2019, the flags had been mysteriously removed.

Top Gun: Maverick escaped Chinese censors and restored the Taiwanese flag to the back of Tom Cruise's jacket (pictured)

Top Gun: Maverick escaped Chinese censors and restored the Taiwanese flag to the back of Tom Cruise’s jacket (pictured)

In the 2019 trailer, the flags of Taiwan and Japan were removed from Maverick's leather jacket

In the 2019 trailer, the flags of Taiwan and Japan were removed from Maverick’s leather jacket

There was speculation that the decision was influenced by Chinese film distributor and production company Tencent Pictures, which partly produced the aviation game.

The flags had been replaced with random symbols in an apparent prostration before the political demands of the communist nation.

But when the film was released this week, fans were relieved to see the flags had been restored, with one scene even featuring a close-up.

Chinese fans were unimpressed, with one saying on social media: “Okay, don’t take our money.” We will look at the pirated version.

The move is a rare U-turn for Hollywood and was not explained by the film’s producers.

Ho Siu Bun, a Hong Kong-based film critic, said VICE World News: ‘This is unheard of. The major film studios have never hesitated to bow to the Chinese market.

A photo of the character of Tom Cruise from the original series wearing a jacket emblazoned with the two flags

A photo of the character of Tom Cruise from the original series wearing a jacket emblazoned with the two flags

“And even if it’s a simple scene, the editing is very expensive. So no one knows why they changed it.

Tencent eventually pulled out of the film, fearing that the film’s themes and its closeness to the US military would upset the ruling Communist Party, and the production company is uncredited in the sequel.

At early screenings in Taiwan, audiences cheered and cheered when its flag unexpectedly appeared.

China does not recognize Taiwan as a self-governing nation and is officially known as the Republic of China.

The inclusion of Taiwan’s flag would be seen as a challenge to Chinese rule, with the flag even being censored by Apple on its iPhones in the country.

China remains the biggest movie box office, with $7.3 billion in ticket sales last year, a third of total global sales.

Hollywood is increasingly courting the market and relying on Chinese funding for its big productions in recent years.

In 2010, after a script for a remake of the Cold War film “Red Dawn” leaked that featured China instead of the Soviet Union as invaders from the mainland United States, media outlets Chinese state have spoken out against attempts to “demonize” Beijing.

In the end, MGM spent about $1 million to digitally erase the Chinese People’s Liberation Army evidence, frame by frame, and replace it with North Koreans and Russians.

Earlier this year, China drastically altered the original ending of cult classic Fight Club to comply with the country’s restrictive censorship rules.

Streaming platform Tencent Video hosted David Fincher’s 1999 film but transformed the anarchist and anti-capitalist message that made the film a global hit.

Instead of multiple buildings blowing up like in the original ending, the authorities win in the censored version.

Top Gun: Maverick hasn’t been released in China yet.

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