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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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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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Rated R for some violent content | See all certifications »

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26 February 2010 (USA)  »

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$77,326, 28 February 2010, Limited Release

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$225,341, 2 May 2010
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When released on DVD on November 5, 2010, it was the number 1 selling DVD, and set records for one day and one-week sales in Taiwan. 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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Tom Braxton: You gotta be true to yourself, huh? Do the right thing, only you know what that is?
Jake Kelly: That's very Chinese of you Tom.
Tom Braxton: Yeah, coming from you I'll take that as a compliment.
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Odd mix of good production values and mismanaged narrative work
26 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

I had to hang with the film for a while before it started to pay off. Until then, it sort of felt like a well-funded political action thriller directed and constructed somewhat less than professionally.

In the end, you could do worse if you dig political action. But lapses in narrative work and character development prevent me from calling this a truly fine film.

I live in Taiwan. I have to say that the film rather does succeed in putting some faces and blood and sweat and tears behind the bits of history that I've learned since I came here.

If you're thinking of renting it, I'd recommend at least a quick peruse of some online materials related to Taiwan in the post-War period, up to the time depicted (the '80s).


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