Once again, a foreign company faces the wrath and ridicule of Hong Kong netizens, this time involving a movie poster with a rather embarrassing error.
One of the most anticipated films in Hollywood this year, Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is based on Ted Chiang’s 1998 novella “Story Of Your Life.” It is generating buzz not only from its star-studded cast — including Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker — but also for its bizarre depiction of Hong Kong’s famous skyline in one of the 12 movie promo posters. In the poster, a giant object mysteriously hovers over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, but locals are less concerned about what aliens are doing in HK, and more concerned about what Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower is doing there.
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Paramount Pictures hasn’t explained why the Pearl Tower, which is located hundreds of miles away from Hong Kong the last time we checked, was added into the poster, but many netizens in Hong Kong sees this as yet another example of a foreign company bending their backs for some sweet Renminbi. To support their allegations, they have also pointed out a scene in the international movie trailer where the Chinese Navy is shown being deployed in the East China Sea.
In response, Hong Kong’s pissed-off netizens have flooded the movie’s Facebook page with the hashtag #HongKongIsNotChina. SCMP explains that the depiction of the Pearl Tower overlooking Hong Kong’s harbor may give Hongkongers an ominous impression about China’s “encroaching influence.”
The administrators on Arrival’s official Facebook page quickly apologized for the error, removed the incorrect poster and released a brand-new one. Instead of showing Hong Kong’s harbor sans Pearl Tower, it now shows Shanghai’s skyline instead. There, problem solved!
They also posted a statement of apology:
For those without VPNs:
“An error in one in a series of posters for “Arrival” was made by a third party vendor. The wrong art depicted in this specific poster has been replaced with the correct art. We are disappointed to have not caught the error.”
Despite the apology, many Hong Kong netizens are still furious over the affair. Some have left rather snarky comments on the movie’s Facebook page:
“No excuses! You guys really did make a big mistake. Hong Kong is always different from China. This is totally unacceptable for real Hong Kong people.”
“Did you hire a mainland third party vendor? if yes, that makes perfect sense, mainland Chinese envy Hong Kong… and they are trying very hard to rob Hong Kong.”
“Do some research when you want to profit from other people’s country and culture”
“It is like putting a Nazi flag in Poland in 1943.”
“Remove that fucking ugly Shanghai metal fishball dildo tower from our beautiful Hong Kong!!!!!”
So, that’s one invasion stopped. We’ll have to wait and see how the other one goes. The movie is due to be released in the US in November. Watch the trailer below:
Honestly though, the aliens are free to take the Pearl Tower. We won’t try to stop them.
By Arnie Yung
[Images from HK01/ Facebook]