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Formosa Betrayed (2009)

An FBI agent while unveiling a series of international conspiracy is embroiled in a set of political intrigue.

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Kuo
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Lisa Gilbert
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Mintita Wattanakul ...
Maysing
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Dr. Huang
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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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Rated R for some violent content | See all certifications »

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26 February 2010 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$77,326, 28 February 2010, Limited Release

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$225,341, 2 May 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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The 24 hour unshaven look worn by James Van Der Beek was not in existence in the film setting of 1983. It was considered dirty and untidy, and unless undercover no FBI agency would have allowed an agent to appear unshaved. See more »

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Ming: You should drink your tea, it's a healing tea.
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Incredibly well done movie
9 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

When I saw a small advertising in my local paper for this movie, I had no idea what it was about. I thought it might be a documentary on Formosa before it became Taiwan. How wrong I was! I was totally blown away by its contents, the actors, and the cinematography. I had little knowledge of Taiwan's history prior to seeing this film. It was a real eye opener. I also didn't recognize most of the actors, except for John Heard. James Van Der Beek did an excellent job as the FBI agent Jake Kelly. I am really surprised that the film was shown in San Jose (CA) at all because it seems most viewers have seen 'Formosa Betrayed' at film festivals. This movie should get a wider distribution since, in my opinion, it is very important to let everyone know what happened. An absolute MUST-SEE!


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