New “The 355” Poster Featuring Fan Bingbing May Be Violating Chinese Law

Fan Bingbing’s (范冰冰) showbiz comeback, the Hollywood spy thriller The 355, has officially released its series of character posters and an official trailer. The film centers on CIA agent Mace Brown, who teams up with international agents to recover a secret weapon. In addition to Fan Bingbing, it also stars Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, and Penelope Cruz.

In the new poster, all five female leads posed in front of backdrops of their character’s national flags—Jessica’s “Mace” (USA), Lupita’s “Khadijah” (UK), Diane Kruger’s “Marie” (Germany), Penelope’s “Graciela” (Colombia), and Fan Bingbing’s “Lin Misheng” (China).

However, this poster could potentially violate a Chinese law in which the Chinese flag cannot be used for commercial purposes. According to China’s “national flag law”, the five-star red flag, and other similar images, cannot be used for commercials, trade marks, or in personal bereavement activities. Movie posters are classified as commercial activity.

Chinese netizens pointed out that this could potentially affect Fan Bingbing’s transition back into showbiz in China.

The 355 was shot in the summer of 2019, approximately one year after Fan Bingbing was reported to have evaded her taxes. She vanished from the public eye for three months, which became a media frenzy of its own.

It is scheduled to be released on January 15, 2021 in the United States.


This article is written by Addy for

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  1. should have done more checks before venturing into a foreign market esp china. they have a lot of law should they choose to enforce it.

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