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Mar. 4th, 2010

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One of the advantages of being unemployed is that I can waltz down to Boston Common on a weekday morning, watch a movie, and have the theater all to myself. So it was when I went to see Formosa Betrayed today. I was prepared for something less than perfect, having heard about the film before it came out and having read various reviews afterwards. But I did not expect to be severely disappointed.

Short and lame review dissing the movie )

If you want a cheap two-hour introduction to a little bit of Taiwanese history without much effort, and are willing to suspend disbelief and follow Agent Kelly’s vain attempt to uncover vast government conspiracies, this is the movie for you. Or you can do a little deep-diving by doing some outside reading:

Formosa Betrayed, by George H. Kerr (not actually related to the movie) )

Fires of the Dragon, by David Kaplan (probable basis for movie) )

Alternatively you can visit Taiwan’s national archives (!) and see some Flash-ridden presentations about the 228 Incident and the Formosa Incident (the latter referenced by the protest in Kaohsiung in the movie).

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