Formosa Betrayed

Release February 26, 2010 (Limited)
Cast James Van Der Beek, John Heard, Leslie Hope, Tzi Ma
Director Adam Kane
Writer Will Tiao, Charlie Stratton
Genres Thriller
Studio Screen Media Films
Length 101 mins.


Inspired by actual events, FORMOSA BETRAYED tells the story of FBI Agent Jake Kelly's (James Van Der Beek) investigation of the brutal murder of a Taiwanese-American professor on U.S. soil. With the help of his FBI partner Tom Braxton (John Heard) and a sharp Chicago police detective (Leslie Hope), Agent Kelly discovers that the murderers have fled to Taiwan.

Agent Kelly is sent overseas to assist the Taiwanese government’s search for the suspected murderers. Initially guided by an American diplomat (Wendy Crewson) and a Taiwanese official (Tzi Ma), Kelly soon realizes that not only is he an unwelcome guest in a foreign land, but that something even more treacherous is happening beneath the surface.

With the help of Ming (Will Tiao), a Taiwanese activist, Agent Kelly discovers the unsettling truth about the island once called Formosa, leading to dangerous and painful consequences. Agent Kelly finds himself on a collision course with the U.S. State Department, the Chinese Mafia, and ultimately the highest levels of the Republic of China government in Taiwan, where this FBI agent discovers how a complex web of politics, identity, and power affects the lives and destinies of the citizens in all three countries – including his own.

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