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Formosa Betrayed (2009)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Kane
Tom Braxton
Lisa Gilbert
General Tse
Mintita Wattanakul ...
Dr. Huang
Thienchai Jayasvasti Jr. ...
Captain Chen (as Tom Jay)
Chief Loh
Pathomporn Tempark ...
Ming's Wife
Napatcha Suthimaithee ...
Ming's Daughter


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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Release Date:

26 February 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az elárult sziget  »

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


$124,554 (USA) (5 March 2010)

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Did You Know?


Other actors considered for the role of FBI Agent Jake Kelly were Ethan Hawke, Matt Dillon, Ioan Gruffund, Scott Speedman, Jeremy Renner, and Ethan Embry. See more »


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 »


Kuo: Let us all toast, then, to the resolve of our President against our enemies, to our rightful reunification with our brothers under the yoke of Communism, and to our most dear ally, The United States.
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A Movie with a Social Conscience
9 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Formosa Betrayed is an excellent portrayal of the devastating history that the people of Taiwan have endured over the years. A rich and fertile island that has been occupied by foreigners for most of its history, Taiwan's history is entirely unknown to the vast majority of Americans. Thus, this film speaks volumes about the ignorance of many Americans toward the plight of the Taiwanese people who have been seeking independence for centuries, and serves to educate the masses who have the privilege of watching it. History is important, and this film is a first class history lesson and a must see film.

As an International Relations major in college, I was struck by the way in which this film depicted injustice in a manner that implicates (and rightly so) the American government as complicit in allowing the oppression of the Taiwanese people. The makers of this film have done an excellent job displaying the effects of power politics at the international level on smaller countries. Taiwan, a nation with a distinct identity separate from mainland China, has just as much of a right to be an independent nation as the United States did when it declared independence from Great Britain. Unfortunately for Taiwan, the United States cares more about its foreign relations with Taiwan's larger neighbor China than it does about promoting justice, as embodied through the independence of Taiwan.

This film is made all the more excellent through fantastic performances by its leading actors, especially those of James Van Der Beek, Will Tiao and Wendy Crewson. Furthermore, it's extremely well made, and as a political action thriller it transcends a mere history channel documentary while sacrificing none of the content.

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