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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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Adam Kane

Writers:

Will Tiao (story), Katie Swain (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Van Der Beek ... Jake Kelly
Wendy Crewson ... Susan Kane
John Heard ... Tom Braxton
Will Tiao ... Ming
Tzi Ma ... Kuo
Leslie Hope ... Lisa Gilbert
Kenneth Tsang ... General Tse
Chelcie Ross ... Daltry
Mintita Wattanakul Mintita Wattanakul ... Maysing
Adam Wang ... Lee
Nirut Sirichanya ... Dr. Huang
Thienchai Jayasvasti Jr. Thienchai Jayasvasti Jr. ... Captain Chen (as Tom Jay)
Sahajak Boonthanakit ... Chief Loh
Pathomporn Tempark Pathomporn Tempark ... Ming's Wife
Napatcha Suthimaithee Napatcha Suthimaithee ... Ming's Daughter
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Thriller

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Rated R for some violent content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az elárult sziget See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,326, 28 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$225,341, 2 May 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Kaohsiung Protest scene is the largest in the movie, contained over 1,000 extras, and took nearly 3 full days to film. The 20 foot tall replica statue of Chiang Kai Shek was custom designed by the art department, and remains in storage in Thailand. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Odd mix of good production values and mismanaged narrative work
26 November 2010 | by rzajacSee 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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