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...deliver[s] a haunting history lesson. --The Hollywood Reporter
A powderkeg of a movie. Formosa Betrayed is a crackling political thriller - --Pete Hammond, Backstage Magazine
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The movie actually is quite thought-provoking by presenting multiple perspectives on the Taiwan issue. It's not one-dimensional as some would believe. The multiple perspectives constitute the conflict that lasts/runs throughout the movie (primarily between agent Jake Kelly and the AIT (American Institute in Taiwan) director). I think the props and sets could be better, but overall it's a suspense-packed and fast-paced movie that leaves you hanging off the edge of your seat most of the time.
Fact Events in Taiwan that inspired the making of the movie, 8 March 2010
Author: Bobby W from United States
1) Kaohsiung Incident (1979) - A demonstration led by Formosa Magazine staff resulted in the Martial Law arrest of dozens of dissidents.
2) Lin Family Massacre (1980) - A grim murder of the 7 years old twin girls and their 70 years old grandma in their house then under 24-hour surveillance by the Garrison Command (Taiwan secret police). The day before her murder, the grandma had managed to reach out the international human right organizations about the brutal treatment received by her son in jail. Her son Lin Yi-Hsiung was among the Kaohsiung Incident dissidents arrested.
3) The Murder of Chen Wen-Chen (1981) - Carnegie Mellon University professor Chen Wen-Chen, while visiting Taiwan, was interrogated by the Garrison Command agents two days in a roll. He never returned home. Dr. Chen had been an active Taiwan independence advocate.Read more ›
The Taiwanese people who fought for democracy had to pay high prices--as one politician's family was destroyed when he came home one night to find his seven year-old twin daughters and his mother killed. His older daughter witnessed the whole incident and survived. The former Taiwanese president's wife is paralyzed for life because she pushed her husband away as a car was about to run him over during a rally.
It's amazing how far Taiwan has come to promote democracy. And it's due to all these people who never gave any hope up, even if it costs their own lives. This movie tells the true stories about what happened in the past and what we could learn for the future.
While watching Formosa Betrayed I was struck by the way in which the film depicts injustice in a manner that implicates (and rightly so) the American government as complicit in allowing the oppression of the Taiwanese people. The makers of this film have done an excellent job displaying the effects of power politics at the international level on smaller countries. Taiwan, a nation with a distinct identity separate from mainland China, has just as much of a right to be an independent nation as the United States did when it declared independence from Great Britain. Unfortunately for Taiwan, the United States cares more about its foreign relations with Taiwan's larger neighbor China than it does about promoting justice, as embodied through the independence of Taiwan. This film focuses on the injustices endured by Taiwan, and shows that Taiwan becoming a democracy is not a miracle at all, but rather the result of the multitude of sacrifices of the Taiwanese people.
Formosa Betrayed is made all the more excellent through fantastic performances by its leading actors, especially those of James Van Der Beek, Will Tiao and Wendy Crewson. Furthermore, it's extremely well made, and as a political action thriller it transcends a mere history channel documentary while sacrificing none of the content.
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Great movie that accurately depicts the struggle of one of my favorite places in the world, Taiwan!Published 21 months ago by Mike Price
Exciting movie that also motivated me to learn about the history of other countries.
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