The filmBarbiehas been banned in Vietnam because it includes a scene showing a map with thenine-dash line, representing China s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Vietnam claims this violates its sovereignty. The movie was supposed to be released in the country on July 21, 2023.
For the same reason, Vietnam banned DreamWorksAbominablein 2019 and Sony sUnchartedin 2022. The cinema exhibitor CGV was fined for showing Abominable, and the Vietnam Cinema Department disciplined their staff for not noticing the inappropriate images right away. After being shown for just over a week, the movie was removed from theaters.
Barbie is directed byGreta Gerwigfrom a screenplay she wrote with Noah Baumbach. The film starsMargot RobbieandRyan Goslingas Barbie and Ken, respectively, alongside an ensemble supporting cast that includesAmerica Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman, and Will Ferrell.
In the film, Barbie and Ken are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go into the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans. The film stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken, respectively, alongside an ensemble supporting cast that includes America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman, and Will Ferrell.
Barbie was released globally in theaters on July 21, 2023, but not in Vietnam.