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08.19.2016

One mistake can mean doom for a movie, even one as hotly anticipated as ARRIVAL. Except, in this case, the mistake is a bit of doozy, and it has created a much bigger controversy than anyone could’ve anticipated.

Variety got wind of the blunder, which involves one of the posters for upcoming sci-fi flick. The mistake shows an alien spacecraft hovering over the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. However, the big tower in the foreground of the poster is of the Oriental Pearl Tower which is located in Shanghai.

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Now, not only is this a blunder because the tower is in a completely different location from Hong Kong, but because Shanghai is located in China, which Hong Kong is not a part of. The mistake has sparked an outrage among many in Hong Kong, inspiring the hashtag #hongkongisnotchina. Even political candidates in Hong Kong, like the dubbed “‘Godfather of localism”, Horace Chin Wan-kan made a comment saying:

“The movie adaptation of the sci-fi novel ‘Arrival’, which obtained the Nebula Award, [has] decent director Denis Villeneuve and actors Amy Adams [and] Jeremy Renner. However, everything is ruined by this improper poster.”

I can see why so many in Hong Kong would be so upset. Hong Kong has been striving for years to seek independence from China, so this was probably a punch to the gut. No doubt the poster will be fixed by the studio, or just destroyed in general with a new one coming out soon. But the damage has been done, with many on Twitter calling for the firing of whoever was in charge of marketing, and some are even boycotting the film. The studio has made no comment yet on the matter, but I don’t think a “sorry” is gonna really cut it.

ARRIVAL is set for November 11 starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

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Source: Variety

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2:45AM on 08/23/2016

Why...

...give this utter nonsense any attention at all? What a bullshit story. Thanks for wasting everyone's time.
...give this utter nonsense any attention at all? What a bullshit story. Thanks for wasting everyone's time.
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10:54PM on 08/22/2016
brah im so upset! can you tell? cant wait for this, denis v is brilliant
brah im so upset! can you tell? cant wait for this, denis v is brilliant
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6:44PM on 08/20/2016

I just don't get it.

How is this even really an issue? Do people seriously for one second think that whoever designed this poster wanted to mock Hong Kong in the slightest? Do they think this is some unique case where this particular movie was the only one to have a geographical error? Movie studios have never given so much as two shits about geographical accuracy and although their motives are often far from pure, it's so obvious that this wasn't personal that it should be a total non-issue.
How is this even really an issue? Do people seriously for one second think that whoever designed this poster wanted to mock Hong Kong in the slightest? Do they think this is some unique case where this particular movie was the only one to have a geographical error? Movie studios have never given so much as two shits about geographical accuracy and although their motives are often far from pure, it's so obvious that this wasn't personal that it should be a total non-issue.
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1:26PM on 08/20/2016

This is comical!!

But Disney got a free pass with "Sanfransokyo" in Big Hero 6, this is a perfect example of being over sensitive. So not offensive/important [link]
But Disney got a free pass with "Sanfransokyo" in Big Hero 6, this is a perfect example of being over sensitive. So not offensive/important [link]
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11:39AM on 08/20/2016
People have too much time on their hands and need hobbies...that's the message I get from this story.
I've got hundreds of more things to be concerned about than something like this.
People have too much time on their hands and need hobbies...that's the message I get from this story.
I've got hundreds of more things to be concerned about than something like this.
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9:21AM on 08/20/2016

And....

...nobody gives a fuck...
...nobody gives a fuck...
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7:56AM on 08/20/2016

Hooray!

The manufactured outrage industry finds something new t keep itself going.

Seriously, this is just a dumb mistake. The poster was created in 10 minutes by some marketing hack who needed a tall building in the foreground and did a quick Google image search for Chinese skyscrapers. They're lucky they didn't wind up with the CN Tower plopped in the middle of Hong Kong. Plus, it's a US-only poster, and 5 years ago nobody outside of the US would've ever seen it.
The manufactured outrage industry finds something new t keep itself going.

Seriously, this is just a dumb mistake. The poster was created in 10 minutes by some marketing hack who needed a tall building in the foreground and did a quick Google image search for Chinese skyscrapers. They're lucky they didn't wind up with the CN Tower plopped in the middle of Hong Kong. Plus, it's a US-only poster, and 5 years ago nobody outside of the US would've ever seen it.
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2:00AM on 08/20/2016

maybe the aliens did it

Create 2 more posters with similar mistakes and blame the aliens. Controversy averted.
Create 2 more posters with similar mistakes and blame the aliens. Controversy averted.
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1:34AM on 08/20/2016

Are you freaking kidding me?

It's a Science Fiction movie, not a Documentary. It's this kind of ego that causes every REAL problem in the world. IT DOESN'T MATTER!
It's a Science Fiction movie, not a Documentary. It's this kind of ego that causes every REAL problem in the world. IT DOESN'T MATTER!
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12:53AM on 08/20/2016

Relax.

How does that ruin the movie? Maybe it ruins a promotional editor's career, but not the movie.
How does that ruin the movie? Maybe it ruins a promotional editor's career, but not the movie.
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11:00PM on 08/19/2016

"Why are the here?"

I thought that was the controversy. A fair question.
I thought that was the controversy. A fair question.
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10:13PM on 08/19/2016
The response to this is a little out of whack, but I get why people are angry. Tensions between Hong Kong and the Mainland have been brewing for a while now (see: the Umbrella Revolution), so while I'm sure this whole thing is just a silly misunderstanding, it could be seen as reinforcing the idea that China and Hong Kong are one and the same. Yes, I know that it's technically a territory, but a hundred years of British rule left it with a very different culture. I'm not saying the reaction
The response to this is a little out of whack, but I get why people are angry. Tensions between Hong Kong and the Mainland have been brewing for a while now (see: the Umbrella Revolution), so while I'm sure this whole thing is just a silly misunderstanding, it could be seen as reinforcing the idea that China and Hong Kong are one and the same. Yes, I know that it's technically a territory, but a hundred years of British rule left it with a very different culture. I'm not saying the reaction isn't overblown (it's a movie poster, after all), but I see where they're coming from.
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10:11PM on 08/19/2016
Calm down HK and China, it's the movies. Most of it is made up.
Calm down HK and China, it's the movies. Most of it is made up.
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10:08PM on 08/19/2016
I'm not from the country so maybe I don't understand, but it doesn't seem like that big a deal to me. Villeneuve could turn it around and get upset that Horace Chin Wan-kan called him a "decent director".
I'm not from the country so maybe I don't understand, but it doesn't seem like that big a deal to me. Villeneuve could turn it around and get upset that Horace Chin Wan-kan called him a "decent director".
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8:20PM on 08/19/2016
"Everyone is so easily outraged! Just get over it! There are more important things to get upset about!"
[Ghostbusters is mentioned in passing or a fictional character is cast in a unique and non-traditional way]
"Goddamn PC police! SJWs! My childhood is ruined!"
"Everyone is so easily outraged! Just get over it! There are more important things to get upset about!"
[Ghostbusters is mentioned in passing or a fictional character is cast in a unique and non-traditional way]
"Goddamn PC police! SJWs! My childhood is ruined!"
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7:48PM on 08/19/2016
Hong Kong has been part of The People's Repubic of China since 97. Hong Kong IS China. Could you imagine if a city in the U.S. wanted independence from the rest of the U. S.? Imagine if Chicago was like "we want independence from the U.S., everyone around the world would just roll their eyes.
Hong Kong has been part of The People's Repubic of China since 97. Hong Kong IS China. Could you imagine if a city in the U.S. wanted independence from the rest of the U. S.? Imagine if Chicago was like "we want independence from the U.S., everyone around the world would just roll their eyes.
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10:59PM on 08/19/2016
So "Give up, you've been taken over. Deal with it"?
So "Give up, you've been taken over. Deal with it"?
6:13PM on 08/19/2016
You know how many times they photoshop buildings from other cities into posters? New york isn't Chicago either, but no one cares. Get over it Hong Kong.
You know how many times they photoshop buildings from other cities into posters? New york isn't Chicago either, but no one cares. Get over it Hong Kong.
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5:46PM on 08/19/2016

Seriously!!!

Get the fuck over it Hong Kong. There are many posters and movies that have had misplacement of things and nobody really cared. I guess this will be a collectors item as it'll be changed.
Get the fuck over it Hong Kong. There are many posters and movies that have had misplacement of things and nobody really cared. I guess this will be a collectors item as it'll be changed.
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3:22PM on 08/19/2016

😰😰😰

Are they mad that the enormous alien spacecraft isn't from Shanghai as well?
Are they mad that the enormous alien spacecraft isn't from Shanghai as well?
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3:05PM on 08/19/2016
Is this movie about the philosophy of language or something? No aliens. No attack. Just a miscommunication and some fancy tech. The trailer looks worse than the poster. By the way, I think the fact that aliens have not attacked yet has made me think they're all too dumb or scared or not interested in us. So I don't care for these movies anymore. Show aliens as just a bunch of interstellar loners traveling the galaxies because they have nothing to do. Make it a drama. Or how about aliens landing
Is this movie about the philosophy of language or something? No aliens. No attack. Just a miscommunication and some fancy tech. The trailer looks worse than the poster. By the way, I think the fact that aliens have not attacked yet has made me think they're all too dumb or scared or not interested in us. So I don't care for these movies anymore. Show aliens as just a bunch of interstellar loners traveling the galaxies because they have nothing to do. Make it a drama. Or how about aliens landing and asking us for help to fight other aliens. The whole 'first contact' thing and 'alien attack' thing are getting so boring. I'm not seeing this movie because there does not seem to be anything original about it.
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3:19PM on 08/19/2016
We'll, that's that. If he's not seeing it, I'm not seeing it either.
We'll, that's that. If he's not seeing it, I'm not seeing it either.
9:34PM on 08/19/2016
I'll send you a copy of Independence Day.
I'll send you a copy of Independence Day.
11:51AM on 08/20/2016
I didn't mean that there are no good alien invasion movies. But there are enough now for me not to care about any new ones, such as the sequel to ID.
I didn't mean that there are no good alien invasion movies. But there are enough now for me not to care about any new ones, such as the sequel to ID.
2:45PM on 08/19/2016

OH BTW

I am coming up with a new game if anyone wants to play its called click on movie poster and bitch about it.
I am coming up with a new game if anyone wants to play its called click on movie poster and bitch about it.
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2:40PM on 08/19/2016

I'm so depress

Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes did this, showed a damn ass trolly in what is clearly Cali and they said it was NY I was highly offended and still haven't gotten over this. I don't think my life has ever been the same.
Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes did this, showed a damn ass trolly in what is clearly Cali and they said it was NY I was highly offended and still haven't gotten over this. I don't think my life has ever been the same.
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2:28PM on 08/19/2016
Tomorrow is another day and this will be forgotten.
Tomorrow is another day and this will be forgotten.
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1:40PM on 08/19/2016

Who cares

I can't even count the number of times that have seen Vancouver in the skyline of LA, New York, or Chicago. Sop that tower isn't in that city, you know what else isn't in that city? The 300 ft tall alien spacecraft that is also in the foreground of that poster, maybe in this version of the near future they built an identical building in Hong Kong or teleported the existing one...really who cares...
I can't even count the number of times that have seen Vancouver in the skyline of LA, New York, or Chicago. Sop that tower isn't in that city, you know what else isn't in that city? The 300 ft tall alien spacecraft that is also in the foreground of that poster, maybe in this version of the near future they built an identical building in Hong Kong or teleported the existing one...really who cares...
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2:42PM on 08/19/2016
And the comment of the year goes too. But hey its the Chinese the same bastards who poison Americans and deny it. Now you know what would be a real kicker if the aliens inside the ship turn out to be Chinese. LMFAO
And the comment of the year goes too. But hey its the Chinese the same bastards who poison Americans and deny it. Now you know what would be a real kicker if the aliens inside the ship turn out to be Chinese. LMFAO
1:05PM on 08/19/2016

Looks added to balance out the image

I bet this is a simple mistake. The poster was probably turned in for review and was sent back asking for something in the foreground. The artist stuck a tower in there. No biggie. I'm still very excited for the movie.
I bet this is a simple mistake. The poster was probably turned in for review and was sent back asking for something in the foreground. The artist stuck a tower in there. No biggie. I'm still very excited for the movie.
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1:02PM on 08/19/2016
I guess I can see why some people in Hong Kong would be a little upset, but to overreact and want someone fired or to boycott a movie because of a wrong building on the poster is utterly ridiculous. It's just a poster. No harm was meant. People need to stop being so damn sensitive about things. There's more important issues to worry about than the accuracy of a movie poster.
I guess I can see why some people in Hong Kong would be a little upset, but to overreact and want someone fired or to boycott a movie because of a wrong building on the poster is utterly ridiculous. It's just a poster. No harm was meant. People need to stop being so damn sensitive about things. There's more important issues to worry about than the accuracy of a movie poster.
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2:44PM on 08/19/2016
Well this is coming from the Chinese the same assholes who can't show half the movies in America. They banned suicide squad for crying out loud because of violence or something stupid.
Well this is coming from the Chinese the same assholes who can't show half the movies in America. They banned suicide squad for crying out loud because of violence or something stupid.
12:56PM on 08/19/2016
Back to the floating heads.
Back to the floating heads.
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12:43PM on 08/19/2016

Outraged!!!

Could you imagine if they had the Sears Tower with a backdrop of New York??.. we would make fun of the poster and then get over it in 10 mins... this world is so micromanaged.
Could you imagine if they had the Sears Tower with a backdrop of New York??.. we would make fun of the poster and then get over it in 10 mins... this world is so micromanaged.
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12:41PM on 08/19/2016
What idiots these people are. You're getting paid tons of money. Is it that hard to do some damn research? Oh I forgot, it's our high horse mentality that makes us not give a flying F about other countries.
What idiots these people are. You're getting paid tons of money. Is it that hard to do some damn research? Oh I forgot, it's our high horse mentality that makes us not give a flying F about other countries.
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12:04PM on 08/19/2016

#whogivesaflyingfuckaboutinaccuratemovie
posters

There's a chance an orange fuckwit could be president and this is what people spend time pissing and moaning about?
There's a chance an orange fuckwit could be president and this is what people spend time pissing and moaning about?
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12:32PM on 08/19/2016
you're right. Everyone, everywhere, just stop complaining about anything except the possibility of donald trump becoming president of the US. Especially all you syrian fugees.
you're right. Everyone, everywhere, just stop complaining about anything except the possibility of donald trump becoming president of the US. Especially all you syrian fugees.
11:58AM on 08/19/2016
When I read the headline, I thought the poster would be full of disgusting gory images. But this? Simple solution - change the background. That's it. No need to make a big fuss out of it.
When I read the headline, I thought the poster would be full of disgusting gory images. But this? Simple solution - change the background. That's it. No need to make a big fuss out of it.
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11:46AM on 08/19/2016

#hongkongisnotchina?

Wait. I thought Hong Kong went back to China in 1997.
Wait. I thought Hong Kong went back to China in 1997.
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11:22AM on 08/19/2016
They keep shooting movies in my city (Montreal) pretending it's New York, Paris, Chicago or whatever... Even saw a film with Angelina Jolie once that started with a shot of Quebec City and called it Montreal. Do I give a crap? Jeez, take a chill pill guys...
They keep shooting movies in my city (Montreal) pretending it's New York, Paris, Chicago or whatever... Even saw a film with Angelina Jolie once that started with a shot of Quebec City and called it Montreal. Do I give a crap? Jeez, take a chill pill guys...
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12:41PM on 08/19/2016
yeah.. i don't think that Quebec City is seeking to be an independent state from Montreal…..maybe just a little different.
yeah.. i don't think that Quebec City is seeking to be an independent state from Montreal…..maybe just a little different.
11:19AM on 08/19/2016
Wow. What an outrage. I'm so fiery hot with outrageous, fiery outrage.

I wish to fucking God aliens would invade Earth. Maybe we'd actually have a united cause worth bitching about for once.
Wow. What an outrage. I'm so fiery hot with outrageous, fiery outrage.

I wish to fucking God aliens would invade Earth. Maybe we'd actually have a united cause worth bitching about for once.
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11:08AM on 08/19/2016
I noticed this when I first saw it, but had no idea it would piss that many people off. It is a shame its such an oversight.
I noticed this when I first saw it, but had no idea it would piss that many people off. It is a shame its such an oversight.
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