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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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Kuo
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Lisa Gilbert
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Mintita Wattanakul ...
Maysing
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Lee
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Dr. Huang
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Captain Chen (as Tom Jay)
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Chief Loh
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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$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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General Tse: China needs Taiwan, Taiwan does not need China.
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Fact Events in Taiwan that inspired the making of the movie
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1) Kaohsiung Incident (1979) - A demonstration led by Formosa Magazine staff resulted in the Martial Law arrest of dozens of dissidents.

2) Lin Family Massacre (1980) - A grim murder of the 7 years old twin girls and their 70 years old grandma in their house then under 24-hour surveillance by the Garrison Command (Taiwan secret police). The day before her murder, the grandma had managed to reach out the international human right organizations about the brutal treatment received by her son in jail. Her son Lin Yi-Hsiung was among the Kaohsiung Incident dissidents arrested.

3) The Murder of Chen Wen-Chen (1981) - Carnegie Mellon University professor Chen Wen-Chen, while visiting Taiwan, was interrogated by the Garrison Command agents two days in a roll. He never returned home. Dr. Chen had been an active Taiwan independence advocate.

4) The Assassination of Henry Liu (1984) - California resident and Journalist Henry Liu was killed in his garage by mafia killers sent overseas by the Taiwan Garrison Command (the secret police head was later sentenced to life by Taiwan authority). Liu had just released a book about the reigning president Chiang Jing-Guo, son and successor of Chiang Kai-Shek.


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