Formosa Betrayed
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ Jen Chaney, Washington Post
"Formosa Betrayed works better as a history lesson than as a political thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"As thrillers go, this one is lacking in edge-of-the-seat moments. It just never ignites."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Actor/co-screenwriter/producer Will Tiao's heartfelt agitprop history-lesson about Taiwan is a tightly wound thriller that takes no prisoners."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"...a hopelessly uninvolving and thoroughly routine piece of work from start to finish..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"In general, the pacing of the action is sluggish. Moreover, stylistic flourishes are distracting rather than enhancing."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"A riveting thriller offering an array of history lessons and teachable moments about freedom."
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Obviously heartfelt but somewhat stilted and disjointed."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Worth a look for the history lesson. Just remember it is a history lesson."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"When you hear dialogue like: "So, what do you know about the history of my country?" you know you're in for a whole lot of exposition"
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"This is a lot of Graham Greene hugger-mugger, the tale of a rube who believes that he can do good abroad."
‑ Aaron Cutler, Slant Magazine
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