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What On Earth Have I Done Wrong?! (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Doze Niu (Actor, Director) | Janine Chang (Actor) | Ding Ning (Actor) | Kevin Tsai (Actor)
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Equally comfortable in front of and behind the camera, Doze Niu Chen Zer is one of the most recognizable faces in the Taiwan entertainment industry. As an actor, he has appeared in over 30 films including Hou Hsiao Hsien's The Boys From Fengkuei, Growing Up, and Millennium Mambo. As a television director, he has proven to be the rare talent who can create affecting art and human drama in a completely commercial context, with his trendy dramas Toast Boy's Kiss, Say Yes Enterprise, and Come to My Place remaining some of the best titles the genre has to offer. Making his big screen directorial debut in 2007, Doze Niu lays bare his life and work with what on earth have I done wrong?!, which was nominated for Best Film at the 44th Golden Horse Awards. Part self-expose, part mockumentary, and part drama, what on earth have I done wrong?! presents a bold, scathing, and probing portrait of man that is entertaining, contemplative, and painfully familiar for all those pursuing happiness in a frustrating world.

In a brilliant display of art reflecting and distorting reality, Doze Niu stars as an actor and television director named Doze Niu who decides to make his first feature film. Before the cameras ever start rolling, however, Doze suddenly finds himself without a leading actor or a budget. In order to raise money for his movie, he starts calling up all his industry connections and potential investors. All the rubbing of elbows only leads to a restless cycle of sex, drugs, and drinking, with no money to show for it. With his girlfriend (Janine Chang, Silk), set to leave him and his life descending into absurdity, will Doze ever get to make his film?

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Product Title: What On Earth Have I Done Wrong?! (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 情非得已之生存之道 (VCD) (香港版) 情非得已之生存之道 (VCD) (香港版) What On Earth Have I Done Wrong?! (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) What On Earth Have I Done Wrong?! (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Doze Niu (Actor) | Janine Chang (Actor) | Ding Ning (Actor) | Kevin Tsai (Actor) | Qu Zhong Heng (Actor) | Dee Hsu (Actor) | LUO WEN JIA (Actor) | Joseph Cheng (Actor) | Ella (S.H.E) (Actor) | QIU YI (Actor) | Cai Qi Fang (Actor) | Ke Huan Ru (Actor) 鈕承澤 (Actor) | 張 鈞甯 (Actor) | 丁寧 (Actor) | 蔡康永 (Actor) | 屈中恆 (Actor) | 徐熙娣 (小S) (Actor) | 羅文嘉 (Actor) | 鄭元暢 (Actor) | 陳 嘉樺 (Actor) | 邱毅 (Actor) | 蔡 啟芳 (Actor) | 柯奐如 (Actor) 钮承泽 (Actor) | 张 钧甯 (Actor) | 丁宁 (Actor) | 蔡康永 (Actor) | 屈中恒 (Actor) | 徐熙娣 (小S) (Actor) | 罗文嘉 (Actor) | 郑元畅 (Actor) | 陈 嘉桦 (Actor) | 邱毅 (Actor) | 蔡 启芳 (Actor) | 柯奂如 (Actor) 鈕承澤 (ニウ・チェンザー) (Actor) | 張鈞甯 (チャン・チュンニン) (Actor) | 丁寧(ティン・ニン) (Actor) | 蔡康永 (ツァイ・カンヨン) (Actor) | Qu Zhong Heng (Actor) | 徐熙娣 (シュー・シーディー) (Actor) | LUO WEN JIA (Actor) | 鄭元暢(ジョセフ・チェン) (Actor) | Ella (S.H.E.) (Actor) | QIU YI (Actor) | Cai Qi Fang (Actor) | Ke Huan Ru (Actor) Doze Niu (Actor) | Janine Chang (Actor) | Ding Ning (Actor) | Kevin Tsai (Actor) | Qu Zhong Heng (Actor) | Dee Hsu (Actor) | LUO WEN JIA (Actor) | Joseph Cheng (Actor) | Ella (S.H.E) (Actor) | QIU YI (Actor) | Cai Qi Fang (Actor) | Ke Huan Ru (Actor)
Director: Doze Niu 鈕承澤 钮承泽 鈕承澤 (ニウ・チェンザー) Doze Niu
Release Date: 2011-03-24
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: IIB
Duration: 95 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024186722

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一個叫做“豆子”的知名演員及電視導演,決定要以這些年讓大家都極度反感的政客與媒體為嘲諷對象,開拍他的第一部電影。他雄心壯志地開始籌拍,沒想到一連串惡夢向他襲捲而來。先是男主角跑了,後來公司也沒錢了,為了找錢,竟然幫女星拉起皮條、跟金主上酒店喀藥…最後他深愛的女朋友也因為他混亂的男女關係離他而去,電影面臨停拍,人生陷入分崩離析的他遭遇愛情與事業的危機。面對自己的荒唐,他不知道該怎麼辦?而他的第一部電影又該怎麼拍?
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Professional Review of "What On Earth Have I Done Wrong?! (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

October 13, 2008

This professional review refers to What On Earth Have I Done Wrong?! (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Movies about making movies traditionally have a rather tough time achieving commercial success. Perhaps that's due to the general public's general lack of interest in the moviemaking process, or perhaps it's because audiences don't buy the "woe is me" attitude that filmmakers tend to have when dealing with challenges like pretentious artistic integrity and pampered superstars. Taiwanese actor-director Doze Niu's What on Earth Have I Done Wrong? has an even bigger challenge, because Niu's film is a mockumentary about the making of the film. To take things even further, everyone involved in the process in real life, including Niu himself, is playing their real-life counterparts in the film. As a result, the film constantly toes the line between blatant artistic masturbation and savage self-deprecation.

For those out of the loop, Doze Niu is one of the most successful actor-turned-directors in the Taiwanese entertainment industry. After a 20 year-plus acting career, he started directing television dramas in 2000, and has since made successful series such as Come to My Place, Say Yes Enterprise, and the recent Wayward Kenting (Niu's own work, as well as other popular Taiwanese dramas, are mentioned throughout). The film opens during a night of drinking and profane chatting with friends, when Doze comes up with an idea for a mockumentary film that will tear a new one into everything that is wrong with Taiwanese society, which means the politicians and the media. It will even climax with someone crashing a car into the presidential residence, which sounds like the words of several drunk and pissed-off men than something a low-budget independent project can pull off.

Amazingly, the project lands a government grant, but Doze's tired girlfriend Ning-Ning (Janine Chang, as herself) can't even be bothered to care. With a small crew ready, Doze dives headfirst into planning and shooting the film, but various disasters begin to pile up almost immediately: His leading man bails on the project, the company runs out of funds, and his producer disappears, prompting Doze to turn to his mother and shady businessmen for money. When Doze does start shooting, he can't even get the footage he wants because of an incompetent crew.

The first half of What on Earth Have I Done Wrong? is a biting satire on the Taiwanese entertainment industry, as drugs, alcohol, and sex are all used as favors and to gain favors. Doze starts off as a kind of a jerk, an egotistic and self-absorbed artist who's convinced that he'll make the next low-budget blockbuster. However, the obstacles in his way and his determination make him a compelling protagonist, and the one scene where we see actual filming going on is actually the funniest scene of the entire film. As a look at the difficulties of filmmaking, What on Earth Have I Done Wrong? is far from artistic masturbation.

However, the film is a complete failure as any type of documentary. Even mockumentaries would try to simulate the look of a documentary, with the camera acting as an observer and its presence acknowledged. Niu almost never bothers to recreate any documentary style here, with all the actors acting as if there are no cameras present, while those same cameras also seem to show up for even the most private moments. Everything that happens in the film is supposedly real (or at least, it's supposed to reflect something that really happened), but most scenes appear staged with a strange simulated handheld effect present in each shot. Niu completely erases any trace of the mockumentary style in the second half, as his professional disasters begin to take a toll on his private life.

At that point, the film completely shifts to a melodrama that sees the leading man drowning in drugs, affairs, and other personal disasters that make him reexamine his life. The "woe is me" attitude comes out in full force as Niu puts his personal relationships front and center. As the star, director, and co-writer, Niu channels a subconscious narcissism, as his character digs himself deeper into the hole he's created to set up the profound transformation that shows that he's ultimately a pretty darn good man. The transformation takes the film into a long third-act digression that seems to be written in to satisfy the audience that doesn't care about the filmmaking process. It's also the section that rings the most false, despite having the most emotions. However, if even half the events in the second half are true, Niu should also be credited with having the guts for presenting such a savage self-portrait.

What on Earth Have I Done Wrong? was a surprise contender at last year's Golden Horse Awards, earning four nominations including Best Picture. The acclaim from the Golden Horse committee wasn't surprising since it doesn't have many selling points for foreign viewers with no knowledge of the Taiwanese entertainment circle or its political world. Those well-versed in the latest Taiwanese celebrity gossip will be delighted to see some of those real-life rumors about Niu and Janine Chang mentioned throughout the film. Niu manages to juggle two elements here, making a film that that can resonate with aspiring filmmakers worldwide without losing its distinct Taiwanese flavor. Even though it's not exactly what it proclaims itself to be, What on Earth Have I Done Wrong? is a compelling exposé of filmmaking that general audiences can care about. It may still be artistic masturbation when it's all over, but Niu has certainly done enough to earn it.

By Kevin Ma

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