Viewers have spotted peculiar difference between the trailer for “Top Gun: Maverick,” and the ‘80s classic “Top Gun.” The patches on Tom Cruise’s iconic jacket no longer bear the Taiwanese and Japanese flags. This discrepancy is almost certainly due to the fact that the movie is being produced, in part, by Tencent Pictures, which is a Chinese film distributor and production company.
China and Japan have had a very violent and tumultuous history, and it is a clear sign of direct disrespect to Japan to have the removal of their flag from the movie. Even though relations may have improved lately, they have always been bitter rivals and that has not changed.
As for Taiwan, China sharply disagrees that Taiwan is even a separate sovereign entity. China has blocked Taiwan from even being a part of the United Nations. China claims there is only “one China” and Taiwan is a fixed part of it. Thus, the Taiwanese flag is viewed as illegitimate by China.
This story may not seem like too big of a deal to most people, but it is a perfect example of how far China will push things to the extreme in areas of common, everyday life when they are involved. It’s not just business when China is involved in business. It will always circle around to a political and ideological push and pull in one area or another, ensuring a recognizable domination even if it is small and inconsequential to most people.