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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.

Director:

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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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Formosa Films,Living Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Van Der Beek was cast for the role of FBI Agent Jake Kelly just a few days before filming began. 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

Ming: The Chinese say we are their brothers, but if we are brothers, why do they treat us like this?
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One of the best political thrillers I've seen in a long time
11 September 2009 | by tywang80See 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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