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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.


Adam Kane


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


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az elárult sziget See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »


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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


General Tse: China needs Taiwan, Taiwan does not need China.
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A much-needed reality check for many Americans.
1 December 2009 | by katds1028See all my reviews

I saw this film at the St. Louis International Film Festival and could not have been more impressed. I left the theater with countless questions and consequently could not stop talking about US-Taiwan relations for weeks. I am sure this is what the filmmakers intended.

I find it shocking that I do not know a single person from my generation (even among student peers who claim to be more passionate about foreign affairs than the average American) who has even heard of the name "Formosa"—not to mention that China currently has hundreds of missiles pointed at the island from its side of the Taiwan Strait, or that the U.S. has promised to unconditionally defend Taiwan in any situation of armed attack. I therefore feel certain the majority of Americans will relate perfectly to James Van Der Beek's character, Agent Kelly, who also knows absolutely nothing about the subject matter.

Agent Kelly receives a brutal reality check in Taipei, and so will American audiences when they see this film. I am sure my peers will leave the theater just as eager to ask questions and to learn more about Taiwan as I was. The filmmakers do not seek to teach a perfect history lesson through documentary but rather to tell a dramatic story that will catch Americans' attention, inspire dialogue, and encourage them to better educate themselves on this important issue. In this regard, James Van Der Beek, Will Tiao and Wendy Crewson's performances are all highly effective. The nonlinear narrative furthermore forces audiences to more actively engage themselves with the film and accordingly with the larger issues presented. Overall, I would call "Formosa Betrayed" a huge success.

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