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Kuo
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Lisa Gilbert
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General Tse
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Dr. Huang
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Ming's Wife
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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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26 February 2010 (USA)  »

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

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$124,554 (USA) (5 March 2010)
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The Motel Scene featuring the shootout between Jake Kelly and James Lee was partly shot in Chicago in April 2008. It wasn't until nearly a full 6 months later in October of 2008, in a vacant parking lot in Los Angeles, that the reverse shots, of James Lee shooting at Jake Kelly, were filmed, thus completing the scene. See more »

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Jake Kelly: If you were to give me evidence I'd have to turn it in.
Dr. Huang: We all have to believe in something, Agent Kelly. I choose to believe... in the ideals of the United States.
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One of the best political thrillers I've seen in a long time
11 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this film at the Montreal Film Festival. I think it's one of the best political thrillers I've seen in many years. Did not know much about the history of Taiwan, but the film brought me back to the early 80s with it's Cold War references. The cinematography was excellent and you felt the film was epic in scope.

Was particularly impressed by the performances. James Van Der Beek makes a starring turn as FBI Agent Jake Kelly. He does a great job carrying the film. Wendy Crewson and John Heard remind me of many bureaucrats I've met over the years. Will Tiao gives a heartbreaking performance as Ming, the waiter/dissident. What happens to his character is so devastating it made me cry. Reminds me of Haing Ngor's performance in "The Killing Fields." The rest of the supporting cast is outstanding.

In fact, this movie reminded me a lot of "The Killing Fields" which I think this movie is for Taiwan as that movie was for Cambodia. Definitely a must see film if you love political thrillers.


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