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Taiwanese cheer as ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ restores Taiwan flag after alleged removal for Chinese censors

  • “Top Gun: Maverick” has restored the Taiwanese and Japanese flags seen in the original film that were replaced with fabricated designs in earlier trailers for the hit sequel.
  • The decision to replace the imagery was allegedly in response to Chinese censors, notorious for banning Hollywood films that are misaligned with its politics.
  • Even without the controversial flags, the film would have faced several obstacles for screening in the country, as the Chinese government only allows theaters to air 34 foreign films each year.
  • “Hollywood is now pushing back,” said former movie executive Chris Fenton. “The market is simply not worth the aggravation anymore in attempting to please Chinese censors.”

One of the changes previously made to “Top Gun: Maverick” to allegedly appease Chinese censors has been reversed, which means it may miss out on screening in the world’s largest box office. 

Taiwanese and Japanese flags, emblazoned on the bomber jacket worn by Tom Cruise’s character Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the original 1986 film, were seen replaced with original designs using similar color palettes in the 2019 previews for its sequel.