Niu in 2014
June 22, 1966
|Alma mater||National Taiwan College of Performing Arts|
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, show host|
Doze Niu (Chinese :鈕承澤; pinyin :Niǔ Chéngzé; Wade–Giles :Niu Ch'eng-tse, also known as Niu Chen-zer; 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 .
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.
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 .
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.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.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.
As of 2018, Niu is shooting his new film Pao Ma.
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.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.
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.He was subsequently questioned by police officers of the Da'an Precinct and the Taipei District Prosecutors Office, and was indicted in January 2019.
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.
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.
The film was selected as the Taiwanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.
|Year||English title||Original title||Role||Notes|
|1975||A Misty Love||小雨絲絲|
|1979||Love Be Forever||我們永遠在一起|
|Gone with Honor||香火|
|1980||The 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|
|1985||Beautiful 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|
|1986||The Kinmen Bombs||八二三炮戰||Trumpet|
|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|
|1989||Banana Paradise||香蕉天堂||Weng Men-shuan|
|1996||Accidental Legend||飛天||Lame Uncle|
|1997||Island of Greed||黑金||Ni Chien-kuo|
|1999||March of Happiness||天馬茶房||Xiao Bao|
|2000||A Chance to Die||想死趁現在|
|Hidden Whisper||小百無禁忌||Xiao Bai's boyfriend|
|Xiaoguang||曉光||Ma Xiaoguang||TV film, also director and producer|
|2007||What on Earth Have I Done Wrong?!||情非得已之生存之道||himself||also director, co-producer and co-writer|
|2010||Monga||艋舺||Grey Wolf||also director, co-producer and co-writer|
|2012||Love||愛||Mr. Lu||also director, co-producer and co-writer|
|2014||Paradise in Service||軍中樂園||Does not appear||director, co-producer and co-writer|
|2017||Fist & Faith||青禾男高||Does not appear||producer|
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Role||Notes|
|1987||After the Game||遊戲之後|
|1992||No 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|
|1996||Taiwan Paranormal Events||臺灣靈異事件||unrelated characters|
|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|
|1998||The Kingdom and the Beauty||江山美人||Liu Shengxue|
|1999||Taiwan'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|
|2001||Story of a Stone||石頭的故事|
|Toast Boy's Kiss||吐司男之吻||Li Xiong||also director|
|2004||Say Yes Enterprise||求婚事務所||Li Yilong||also 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 Yiyang||also director and co-producer|
Niu directed music videos for Richie Ren Xian-QI's "wu ni jiu wu wo" and Jasmine Leong's "di san zhe".
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