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Formosa Betrayed (2010)

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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.

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Cast

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 Suthimaithee
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 Subthawonpang
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.

April 15, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4

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.

April 8, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

April 2, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

April 2, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

April 1, 2010 | Full Review…

Obviously heartfelt but somewhat stilted and disjointed.

March 19, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Formosa Betrayed

½

Based on a real-life political event, it's à 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
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

A bit of a mixed bag in that it has the makings for a smart political thriller, but manages only to be an interesting history lesson, and never particularly thrilling. The acting is okay overall, especially in the face of some obvious script decencies. The set pieces and world building were impressive, the Taiwan in this film feels real and gritty, something many films set abroad lack. The geopolitical backdrop is much more interesting than the actual plot line itself, but all in all a serviceable mystery/thriller.

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

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
Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer

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