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In the early 1980s, an FBI Agent is assigned to investigate the murder of a respected professor. Through his investigation, he unearths a spider web of international secrets that has been ... See full summary »

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Susan Kane
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Tom Braxton
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Ming
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Kuo
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Lisa Gilbert
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General Tse
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Daltry
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Maysing
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Lee
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Dr. Huang
Thienchai Jayasvasti Jr. ...
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Chief Loh
Pathomporn Tempark ...
Ming's Wife
Napatcha Suthimaithee ...
Ming's Daughter
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In the early 1980s, an FBI Agent is assigned to investigate the murder of a respected professor. Through his investigation, he unearths a spider web of international secrets that has been thriving within college campuses across America for decades. His investigation takes him across the Pacific to the island nation of Taiwan, where with the help of the outspoken widow and an unlikely spy, he learns that the Professor's killing was not a random act, but a desperate move by a scandalous government intent on keeping its nefarious activities under wraps. Our detective soon finds himself on a collision course against the U.S. State Department, the Chinese Mafia, and the Nationalist Chinese Government - in a land where the truth is not what it seems and the only people he can trust, cannot be trusted at all. Inspired by actual events. Written by Anonymous

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a search for Truth - a quest for Justice - a fight for Freedom

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$8,908 (USA) (5 March 2010)

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$124,554 (USA) (5 March 2010)
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Ming's Apartment was the final scene shot overseas, and came at the tail end of the crew's last day, which ended up being a 27 hour day. See more »

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Jake Kelly: Professor Wen was a well respected academic. We're having a tough time picturing him as a mob boss.
Captain Chen: As you can imagine Agent Kelly, it's much easier for us to infiltrate those groups than it would be for you. Unless, of course, the Bureau is actively recruiting native speakers of Taiwanese these days?
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A murder-mystery that offers an intriguing insight into the complexities and brutalities of Cold War relations between the US and Taiwan.
5 September 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I didn't know what to expect with this film. Murder-mysteries are not generally my thing, but this one pulled it off with a truly insightful look into Taiwan in the early 1980s. Objective viewers of this movie will appreciate its fresh perspective on a sometimes tired Cold War theme.

Rather than presenting a documentary explaining the compromising complexities of relations between the US and its less-than-democratic allies in Taiwan in their fight against the "Reds", Formosa Betrayed hooks the viewer with dramatic events that keep us waiting to peel away the layers of characters we see to figure out what's going on. In the process, we learn of their individual hardships, heartaches, and disillusionment; as well as their hope, courage, and betrayal. While the limited depth of some characters may leave viewers wanting more, the basic story keeps us captivated.

Formosa Betrayed does a good job of piecing together scenes in a modified chronology of events to provide an enticing but very smooth flow. Attention to details like uniforms, posters, architecture, and nature provides scenery that keeps us transported in the appropriate space in time. Combined with these elements is an excellent soundtrack that completes a well-done film.

While the story's plot - like its characters or the actors that played them - could have been sharpened to provide more astute answers to the many questions that are raised, it makes me think there is room to explore similar themes in the future.


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