Hi guys, I'll apologize in advance for the long post
I'm not sure how much you know about the history of Taiwan, but there is a movie about to be released that depicts a very dark period of Taiwanese history that is still somewhat taboo in Taiwan and unknown elsewhere. Called Formosa Betrayed and directed by Adam Kane of Heroes fame, it is a political thriller about the conspiracies and hidden agendas between the governments of the U.S., China, and Taiwan. I'm sure you know about the struggles of Tibet, but there was another, very little known fight for democracy that took place in Taiwan.
This is the first time that a film on this topic has become a major Hollywood release. It is also one of few films with an Asian- American actor playing a major non-stereotyped role. As it's an independent film, I am trying to get as many people as I can to watch it and support it for wider release. It will be released on February 26 in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and Boston, followed by wider release elsewhere if revenues are good enough in those areas.
Now for a brief history lesson. Taiwan (historically called Formosa) is an island off the coast of China. It was under Japanese rule for over fifty years until the end of WWII, when Japan surrendered the island to the U.N. The island was placed under the Nationalist Chinese Government. As the Nationalists began losing the war to the Communists in China, the Nationalist shifted its government to Taiwan. They brought with them millions of refugees and soldiers. Once on Taiwan, they proceeded to eliminate the local government and replace it with their own. The native Taiwanese eventually revolted, which culminated in a massacre of over 10,000 people and martial law and totalitarian government for over 40 years. As international interest shifted over to Mainland China, the struggle for freedom and democracy of the Taiwanese faded out of general knowledge.
The film is based off of a bunch of real events, though the main story is fictional. My family lived through many of the events depicted in the film, and it is almost unreal that the story of the struggle can finally be told. Though the movie takes place during the Cold War, the consequences of the events are still impacting the lives of the Taiwanese people and also U.S.-China relations.
Again, sorry for the long post, but this is the first time that people can learn about one tragic period in human history that many do not know about. If you are interested, please help support an independent film company and help spread the story of the countless lives lost in order for 23 million people to enjoy the freedom and democracy that we to here in America.
Here's the link with release dates in various cities and more info: http://www.formosathemovie.com/