Doze Niu

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Niu.
Doze Niu
Doze Niu at Jinhu Township, Kinmen County 20141017.jpg
Niu in 2014
Native name
Born Niu Chen-Zer
(1966-06-22) June 22, 1966 (age 50)
Alma mater National Taiwan College of Performing Arts
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, show host
Parent(s) Niu Hua
Zhang Qingqin

"Doze" Niu Chen-Zer (Chinese: 鈕承澤; pinyin: Niǔ Chéngzé; Wade–Giles: Niu Ch'eng-tse; born: June 22, 1966) is a Taiwanese actor, film director, show host, screenwriter and producer. As a film director, he is best known for the Taiwanese film Monga.

Early life and career[edit]

Doze started his career as an actor at the age of 9 and was nominated for his first Golden Horse Award for the best supporting actor in 1983 (Growing Up) when he was 17.[1] The early success that he had did not help him that much as he grew older. At the age of 19, Doze could not find any roles in films and started squandering his time away. He started hanging out with the so-called "corner brothers" and improved his Taiwanese tremendously.[2] By speaking fluent Hokkien, he was able to get along with the islanders even though the origin of his family is Beijing. Hardship was familiar to Niu as he had endured many difficulties and depression ever since he was young. At the age of 12, his dad was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This disease, the same disease that troubled Stephen Hawking, put Doze's dad on the bed for 25 years. His dad died when Niu was 36.[1] During Doze's school years, he was often bullied because of his celebrity status and because of his size. The bullying stopped when Niu became friends with a notorious classmate nicknamed "teapot".[2] Similar to the plot of Monga, teapot's dad was also the head of one of the gangsters. Eventually, Doze went to find his bullies with teapot and was surprised to see the bullies' reaction. The bullies stood still in front of them and addressed Doze in a polite manner.

Doze is the founder of the production company Red Bean Production Co, which was created in August 2002.[3] Doze participated in all three movies that he directed but vowed to not appear in any more movies so that he can focus entirely on directing the movie.[4]


What On Earth Have I Done Wrong?![edit]

What on Earth Have I Done Wrong is the first dramatic film that Niu directed. This movie has a unique cinematic style. The main actor in the movie is Doze Niu himself. Although the movie is not an autobiography, there are a lot of resemblances between him and the character. The character in the movie is also a director attempting to gather enough money to produce a mockumentory film. The film was initially about the politics in Taiwan; however, Niu took a completely different turn with the film and focused the film on the character. A lot of media commented that this film is a half-biography or a documentary. The film was nominated for the best picture award at the Golden Horse Film Festival and it won the FIPRESCI Prize.[5]


Doze once again demonstrated his unique and artsy way of storytelling. Monga is a gangster movie that takes place in the Wanhua District of Taipei and has a cast of mainly young actors like Mark Chao and Ethan Juan. Doze Niu also participated in the movie as the head of the gang from the mainlander. The movie became an instant success at the Taiwanese box office, grossing more than 1.8 million$ in US. In terms of the money grossed, the movie is often compared to the movie Cape No. 7 released in 2008 which did well in the Taiwanese box office as well.[6]

The film was selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.[7]


Year Title Chinese Title
1983 The Boys from Fengkuei 風櫃來的人
1983 Growing Up 小畢的故事
1985 Tong Chee yi li nan 唐朝綺麗男
1987 The Game They Called Sex 黃色故事
1987 Yes,Sir 報告班長
1989 Fang cao bi lian tian 芳草碧連天
1989 Banana Paradise 香蕉天堂
1996 Fei tian 飛天
1997 Hak gam 黑金
1997 Rainy Dog 雨狗
1998 The Personals 徵婚啟事
1999 March of Happiness 天馬茶房
1999 A Chance to Die 想死趁現在
1999 Jingtian dongdi 驚天動地
1999 Hidden Whisper 小百無禁忌
2001 Millennium Mambo 千禧曼波
2007 What on Earth Have I Done Wrong?! 情非得已之生存之道
2010 Monga 艋舺
2012 Love
2014 Paradise in Service 軍中樂園

TV episodes[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title
1987 After the game 遊戲之後
1989 Awakening 甦醒
1999 Mulan 花木蘭
2000 Xiaoguang 曉光
2001 Story of a stone 石頭的故事
2001 Kiss of the toast 吐司男之吻
2004 Say Yes Enterprise 求婚事務所
2007 Wayward Kenting 我在墾丁*天氣晴
2007 My lucky star 放羊的星星

Music videos[edit]

Doze Niu directed music videos for Richie Ren Xian-QI's "wu ni jiu wu wo" and Jasmine Leong's "di san zhe".

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Growing Up (小畢的故事) 1983 Golden Horse Film Festival best supporting actor nomination
  • 1984 China Art Film Performance Award Medal
  • After the game (遊戲之後) 1987 Golden Bell Award best actor nomination
  • Awakening (甦醒) 1989 Golden Bell Award best actor nomination
  • Banana Paradise (香蕉天堂) 1989 Golden Horse Film Festival best actor nomination
  • Fei Tian (飛天) 1996 Golden Horse Film Festival best supporting actor nomination
  • Xiaoguang (曉光) 2000 Golden Bell Award best actor nomination
  • What on Earth have I done wrong?! (情非得已之生存之道) 2007 Golden Horse Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize
  • Wayward Kenting (我在墾丁*天氣晴) 2008 Golden Bell Award drama director award nomination[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b FW 鈕承澤被一句話扭轉人生, retrieved July 19, 2010 
  2. ^ a b 這不是《艋舺》影評(鈕承澤專訪及我的四崁仔), retrieved July 19, 2010 
  3. ^ a b 鈕承澤, retrieved July 22, 2010 
  4. ^ 豆導再度自導自演〈艋舺》一角 鈕:下次要避免, retrieved May 28, 2010 
  5. ^ ﹝導演專訪﹞【情非得已之生存之道】導演鈕承澤, retrieved July 19, 2010 
  6. ^ 'Monga' beats 'Avatar' on first-day gross, retrieved July 30, 2010 
  7. ^ "Taiwan film "Monga" to compete for Oscar". Channelnewsasia. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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