Tom Cruise’s character wears a bomber jacket with a patch featuring the Taiwanese and Japanese flags in the original ‘Top Gun’ film (right). The flags were initially replaced in the trailer for this year’s sequel (left). Photo: Twitter
Tom Cruise’s character wears a bomber jacket with a patch featuring the Taiwanese and Japanese flags in the original ‘Top Gun’ film (right). The flags were initially replaced in the trailer for this year’s sequel (left). Photo: Twitter

Hollywood used to bend over backwards for China. Top Gun: Maverick shows it might not any more

  • The long-awaited sequel to the 1986 cult classic initially removed the Taiwanese and Japanese flags from Tom Cruise’s jacket to please Chinese censors
  • But as US-China ties soured and Chinese tech giant Tencent pulled its backing amid a US media backlash, the flags mysteriously reappeared

Tom Cruise’s character wears a bomber jacket with a patch featuring the Taiwanese and Japanese flags in the original ‘Top Gun’ film (right). The flags were initially replaced in the trailer for this year’s sequel (left). Photo: Twitter
Tom Cruise’s character wears a bomber jacket with a patch featuring the Taiwanese and Japanese flags in the original ‘Top Gun’ film (right). The flags were initially replaced in the trailer for this year’s sequel (left). Photo: Twitter
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