Monday (24), John Cena made a misstep by calling Taiwan a country during an interview with the Taiwanese television channel TVBS, while broadcasting “The Fast and the Furious 9”.
It turns out that the Chinese government sees Taiwan as a rebellious province, not an independent nation… And Cena’s statement ended up irritating Chinese fans.
To turn the situation around, the star took to his profile on Weibo (a kind of Chinese Twitter) and apologized for the mistake.
“I love and respect China and the Chinese. I am very sorry for my mistake. I apologize, I am so sorry. You have to understand that I really love and respect China and its people. So I apologize, ”he said in fluent Mandarin.
The reason for the controversy is that Taiwan’s friction with China causes problems which are reflected in other countries, as China is one of the largest export markets for various raw materials.
In addition, the country is also a major consumer of television and film productions, representing the second largest film market in the world, after the United States.
Come to think of it, any misstep could mean losing a lot of money at the box office for ‘Fast and Furious 9’.
In 2019, China even suspended business with the National Basketball Association of the USA (NBA) because one of the leaders caused an international incident by showing support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Remember that “Fast and Furious 9” will be released in national theaters on July 22.
Discover the first reviews of the film:
“Those who are already steeped in the franchise’s lore will appreciate the care that ‘The Fast and Furious 9’ has given to supporting characters, including some whose return to storytelling is sure to bring cheers in crowded theaters. But some of that fan service ends up looking forced. Either way, the movie makes us feel like the franchise has already lost its creativity and uniqueness. – Daily screen.
“Like in Lin’s last film, the disappointing ‘Star Trek: Without Borders’, the director takes a quantitative rather than qualitative approach, there is more action, more subplots and a lot of characters in the mix. More than any movie needs. Still, ‘The Fast and the Furious 9’ leaves the feeling that something is missing. The maximalist strategy does not allow the plot to develop the relationship between Dom and his brother. – The Hollywood reporter.
“Sometimes, when you least expect it, a successful franchise essentially turns into something different. Over time, “Mission Impossible” became similar to “007”, and “The Fast and the Furious” became “Mission Impossible”. But ‘Fast and Furious 9′ is not built around an exciting mission. It is built around Vin Diesel and John Cena who live through the anguish of the Toretto brothers’ past. The family story “works” (although you know how badly Cena’s character is written), but it’s not enough to sustain the film; it’s more like an excuse. The truth is, this franchise didn’t need more excitement. – Variety.
“This is by far the biggest, craziest and toughest in the ‘Fast and the Furious’ franchise (one scene at the end is sure to wow you at the silly daring of some characters), the direction of [Justin] Lin and Daniel Casey’s script is able to take action to ridiculously satisfying levels, and it all pays off when we dive into the character of Dom, on a more personal level than the franchise has ever achieved before. . – IndieWire
“For audiences who want to come back to the movies in 2021 with a big, noisy and exciting show, ‘The Fast and the Furious 9’ makes cars go fast, jump high and generally do the impossible. It’s extremely whimsical, yes, but it’s also ridiculously stimulating if you need a hobby. – The Envelope.
Watch the trailer in a dubbed and subtitled version:
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has always lived at full speed. After the loss of his best friend and the discovery of his son, he slows down with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). But it’s not easy to live in the present when the past is accelerating towards you. And that’s what happens when Dom reunites with his brother Jacob Toretto (John Cena), who is pushed by Cypher (Charlize Theron) and Magdalene Shaw (Helen Mirren) to carry out a revenge plot. It’s time for Dom to reunite Sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and the family of loyal friends such as Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Han (Sung Kang).
Directed by Justin Lin, the film also features Finn Cole, Anna Sawai, Vinnie Bennett and Michael Rooker.
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