"Disgusting" is a cartoon about a young Chinese girl who takes a deep trip around China to return a magical Yeti, named Everest, to the Himalayas. The film is a collaborative collaboration between Dreamworks Animation and Shanghai-based Pearl Studios in China, and is voiced primarily by Asian actors.
In a scene close to the beginning of the movie, the protagonist Yi goes to her hiding place on the roof, in which she spread a map of China.
The map clearly shows a U-shaped dotted line extending from the southern coast of China and encircling almost all of the South China Sea.
The nine-dash line, which marks China's unilateral claim to a potentially mineral-rich zone, is the official Chinese government policy and functions of all cards sold in China.
But the line is being challenged by at least four other countries in the region, including Vietnam, which says it overlaps with its own territorial claims under international law.
The "disgusting" was released on October 4 in Vietnam, but shortly afterwards state media stated that complaints began to roll over from viewers. In Vietnam, the nine-dash line is called the "tongue-in-cheek line."
CGV Cinemas stated that it understood that the film contained the controversial map on October 1
3 and immediately downloaded all screenings and advertisements.
In a statement on Monday, CGV Cinemas said that during the movie's release, he was neglected. "CGV sincerely sends deep apologies to the Vietnamese audience and will comply with the instructions of the national regulatory authority," the statement said.
In 2016, an international court rejected China's expansion claims to the South China Sea and ruled nine-dash as legally invalid.
China's claim to the waterway has become a delicate issue for businesses and managing agencies operating in the region – failing to include the nine-dash in China's maps and facing criticism from the Chinese government; turn it on and run the risk of upsetting the neighboring countries.
In Vietnam, Chinese tourists are opposed to counteracting territorial claims. In 2018, a group of 14 people are said to have been asked to remove T-shirts showing a map of China, which includes the controversial line.
Two years earlier, a Chinese man claimed that his passport was defaced by obscene abuse of Vietnamese border control official. Since 2012, all new Chinese passports have a line of nine dashes.