“Motherless Brooklyn” will hit theaters in the U.S. on Nov. 1 and aside from its stellar cast, (Edward Norton, Alec Baldwin, Bruce Willis and the likes), a special feature is poised to make Taiwan fans delighted about it: the word “Formosa,” is the clue to understanding the movie.
“Motherless Brooklyn,” which is set in New York in the 1950s, centers around a mystery involving protagonist Lionel Essrog (Norton, who also directs), a young man with Tourette’s Syndrome. Essrog is recruited as a private eye by a man named Frank, who is soon murdered in an alley.
The only clue Frank leaves behind is the word “Formosa” and a reference to a colored girl that Essrog must find in order to catch the culprit and solve the mystery.
The word, “Formosa,” is often associated with Taiwan, it is a name the Portuguese reportedly exclaimed seeing the island for the first time in the 16th century.
If you also want to find out about the movie, you will have to wait until Nov. 29 to solve the mystery word in Taiwan.