Doze Niu

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Doze Niu
Doze Niu at Jinhu Township, Kinmen County 20141017.jpg
Niu in 2014
Niu Chen-zer

(1966-06-22) June 22, 1966 (age 54)
Taipei, Taiwan
Alma materNational Taiwan College of Performing Arts
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter, actor, show host
Parent(s)Niu Hua
Zhang Qingqin

Doze Niu (Chinese :鈕承澤; pinyin :Niǔ Chéngzé; Wade–Giles :Niu Ch'eng-tse, also known as Niu Chen-zer; [1] 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

Niu was born in Taipei, Taiwan on June 22, 1966. He grew up in the military dependents' village in Gongguan, Taipei. His father's family is from the Manchu Niohuru clan and his mother's family has military background. His grandfather was a general, so he would often accompany him to visit Chiang Kai-shek. When he was 12, his father was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and became bed-ridden for 25 years until his death. [2]

His love for Hong Kong cinema may have influenced his later works.


Niu started his acting at the age of 9. He was 17 when he was nominated for his first Golden Horse Award in 1983 for Growing Up . [2]

These early successes did not help his career as he grew older. At the age of 19, Niu could not find any roles in films, so he started hanging out with his so-called "corner brothers" and improved his Taiwanese tremendously. [3] By speaking fluent Taiwanese, he was able to get along with the Taiwanese people even though his family originated from Beijing.

Niu is the founder of the production company Red Bean Production Co, which was created in August 2002. [4] He 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. [5]

As of 2018, Niu is shooting his new film Pao Ma.


Carrier intrusion

In June 2013, he brought Chinese cinematographer Cao Yu into the Navy base in Zhuoying under a false name. The incident was revealed by their photo together on an aircraft carrier. These actions violated certain laws of the Ministry of National Defense. [6] [7] The Navy command investigated it as possible intrusion, which can carry a five-year sentence. On July 16, 2013, Niu admitted his wrongdoing in the court in Kaoshiong and paid NT$ 200,000 for bail. He told the media that he didn't know he broke the law. [8]

Sexual assault allegations

On 5 December 2018, a female crew member on the set of Pao Ma filed a police report accusing Niu of sexually assaulting her the previous month. [9] [1] He was subsequently questioned by police officers of the Da'an Precinct and the Taipei District Prosecutors Office, [10] [11] and was indicted in January 2019. [12] [13] [14]


What on Earth Have I Done Wrong?!

What on Earth Have I Done Wrong is the first dramatic film that Niu directed. He was also the main actor. 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. [15]


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. Niu also participated in the movie as the head of the gang from the Chinese mainland. The movie was a box office success, grossing more than US$ 1.8 million in Taiwan. [16]

The film was selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. [17]



YearEnglish titleOriginal titleRoleNotes
1975A Misty Love小雨絲絲
1979Love Be Forever我們永遠在一起
Gone with Honor香火
1980The Story of Daniel Kelly丹尼爾的故事
1982 Portrait of a Fanatic 苦戀Ling Chenguang (teen)
1983 Growing Up 小畢的故事Bi Chujia (teen)
March On to the Troops小畢從軍去spin-off sequel to Growing Up
The Boys from Fengkuei 風櫃來的人Ah Ching
Sex Education國中十四章Tung Ah-lung
1984Ann Ann安安
1985Beautiful Men of the Tang Dynasty唐朝綺麗男Cui Junnan
The Sight of Father's Back背影
The Youth in the Mud泥巴中的少年
The Young Ba Jia Jiang少年八家將
1986The Kinmen Bombs八二三炮戰Trumpet
1987Yes, Sir!報告班長
Pretty Girl芳草碧連天
Ah Zhe's Brothers阿哲的兄弟
The Game They Called Sex黃色故事
Listen to Me我有話要說
1989Banana Paradise香蕉天堂Weng Men-shuan
1990Young Soldier少爺當大兵
1996Accidental Legend飛天Lame Uncle
1997 Island of Greed 黑金Ni Chien-kuo
Rainy Dog 極道黒社会Sunday
1998 The Personals 徵婚啓事himself
1999 March of Happiness 天馬茶房Xiao Bao
Red Rain驚天動地
2000A Chance to Die想死趁現在
Hidden Whisper小百無禁忌Xiao Bai's boyfriend
Xiaoguang 曉光Ma XiaoguangTV film, also director and producer
2001 Millennium Mambo 千禧曼波Doze
2007 What on Earth Have I Done Wrong?! 情非得已之生存之道himselfalso director, co-producer and co-writer
2010 Monga 艋舺Grey Wolfalso director, co-producer and co-writer
2011Kora轉山cyclist pal
2012 Love Mr. Lualso director, co-producer and co-writer
2014 Paradise in Service 軍中樂園Does not appeardirector, co-producer and co-writer
2017 Fist & Faith 青禾男高Does not appearproducer


YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
1987After the Game遊戲之後
1992No Regrets This Life今生無悔Zhou Xiangui
1993 Justice Pao 包青天unrelated characters
1994 The Seven Heroes and Five Gallants 七俠五義Li Yuhou
1996Taiwan Paranormal Events臺灣靈異事件unrelated characters
1997Tiger's Tenderness老虎的溫柔
Love Is Payable 儂本多情Da Mi
Ordinary Men and Women凡夫俗女
Sex Scandal Crisis桃色危機
The Strange Cases of Lord Shi施公奇案Zhou Tong
1998The Kingdom and the Beauty江山美人Liu Shengxue
1999Taiwan's Liao Tianding台灣廖添丁Asano
Hua Mulan花木蘭Zhang Xi
2000 Sunny Piggy 春光燦爛豬八戒 Ao Shun
2001Story of a Stone石頭的故事
Toast Boy's Kiss 吐司男之吻Li Xiongalso director
2004 Say Yes Enterprise 求婚事務所Li Yilongalso director
From Africa, Coming Back安室愛美惠sitcom
2007 My Lucky Star 放羊的星星bar owner
Wayward Kenting 我在墾丁×天氣晴Chu Yiyangalso director and co-producer

Music videos

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

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