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Formosa Betrayed (2010)

Formosa Betrayed



Critic Consensus: Though the real-life drama it was inspired by could certainly form the basis for a worthwhile political action thriller, Formosa Betrayed isn't it.

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An FBI agent investigating the murder of a Taiwanese-American professor becomes caught up in a vast international conspiracy while aiding the Taiwanese government in catching the killer. The murder took place in the U.S., but in order to investigate, Agent Jake Kelly (James Van Der Beek) will travel to Taiwan. Once there, he is partnered with American diplomat Susan Kane (Wendy Crewson) and Taiwanese official Kuo (Tzi Ma). From the moment Agent Kelly arrives on the island formerly known as Formosa, he is constantly reminded of his status as an outsider. Aided in his investigation by Taiwanese activist Ming (Will Tiao), Agent Kelly gradually uncovers a complex web of intrigue involving not only the Chinese mafia and the U.S. State Department, but the Republic of China as well.more
Rating: R (for some violent content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Charlie Stratton, Will Tiao, Brian Askew, Yann Samuell, Nathaniel Goodman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 2010
Screen Media Ventures - Official Site


John Heard
as Tom Braxton
Tzi Ma
as Kuo
Leslie Hope
as Lisa Gilbert
Wendy Crewson
as Susan Kane
Kenneth Tsang
as General Tse
Adam Wang
as James Lee
Tom Jay Jones
as Captain Chen
Pathomporn Tempark
as Ming's Wife
Napatcha Suthimaithe...
as Ming's Daughter
Tonray Ho
as Mrs. Wen
Joseph Forunda
as Henry Wen
Tim Grimm
as Dean Goodman
Jason Wells
as Motel Manager
John Marengo
as American Businessman
Peggy Roeder
as Coroner
Tanada Amornpiyalerk
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Wallop Thearathong
as Old Man in Diner
Yi-Ho Su
as Protest Leader
Weera Lertsombath
as Military Police #1
Kittipong Subthawonp...
as Military Police #2
Henry Chu
as David Wu
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Critic Reviews for Formosa Betrayed

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (17)

The sturdy political thriller Formosa Betrayed is laudable for adding the voice of native Formosans to the usual two-sided debate that reaches the American media.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

It's a passionate labor of love that pointedly criticizes the U.S. government's failure to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation, independent of mainland China.

Full Review… | April 8, 2010
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Formosa Betrayed is a history lesson dressed up as an action movie. The lesson is pretty interesting; the movie is just the far-fetched plot it hangs on.

Full Review… | April 2, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A movie that shows us the desperation and danger of living under martial law in Taiwan during the early '80s, yet somehow never delivers the emotional gut punch the subject matter deserves.

Full Review… | April 2, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

Formosa Betrayed, a ho-hum college history lecture about modern Taiwan awkwardly disguised as a political thriller, has its heart almost in the right place.

Full Review… | April 1, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Obviously heartfelt but somewhat stilted and disjointed.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Formosa Betrayed


Based on a real-life political event, it's la James Bond flick that's quite passable. While, at times, it evidently got beyond real, that particular aspect at least didn't manage to irritate me as much as it happened to be the case with some other movies of its genre recently. Find that a bit odd because it lacked credible performances.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

For a documentary, it has good action and moves along VERY well -- I question why the good-looking actors do not shave -- he would've looked soooo much better clean-shaven -- But I loved the movie -- Happy ending

Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer


The supposedly true story told in this movie was pretty good, and decently told....... but someone in the course of producing this flick thought it was a good idea to flash-back and flash forward several distracting times. The acting was fine, as was the camera work which helped establish time and place, but it was the editing that made this movie less than it could have been.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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