Last year, I had the opportunity to meet the writer/producer of the film Formosa Betrayed, Will Tiao as he was trying to raise money for the film. Formosa Betrayed is based on actual events that happened in the early-80s, about a student spy network which focuses on the political and social activities of Chinese and Taiwanese-American students on the campus. The filmmaker is looking for actors in an open casting call:
“We are looking for Taiwanese and Chinese actors, both male and female, ages 20-50 years old for roles in FORMOSA BETRAYED. Please send headshots and resumes to [email protected]. If called back by our casting director, you must be willing to be filmed on tape. If cast in the film, you must be a local Chicago hire, ie: any transportation to Chicago and housing in Chicago must be covered on your own. Must be available during the months of April to mid-May. If able to speak Taiwanese or Mandarin, please list on your resume. For further information, visit www.formosathemovie.com“
The film is being positioned as an international political thriller, like The Interpreter, The Manchurian Candidate, Air Force One, Patriot Games, etc… I remember my aunt telling me (who is always telling me something…) about KMT spies being on college campuses as I went off to college. So when Will Tiao was trying to raise money for the film, this quickly got written up in the Taiwanese and American press. If you or someone you know who is Chinese or Taiwanese that lives in the Chicago area, and might be interested, be sure to pass the info along!