It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Show

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Show

Directed by Nien Tsu Hsieh

  • Taiwan 2019; 103 min
  • Original version: Mandarin
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy


Mr. Lo, the general manager at the Crazy TV, who cares about nothing but money, colludes with Mr. David, a wealthy mafia boss. Mr. Lo is trying every means to make the ratings slump, and thus Mr. David could buy the company cheap.
Yeh, a producer whose programs all flopped in the past, is promoted to program director. Not knowing Mr. Lo’s plot, Yeh, who has always been passionate about television, works flat out with his best mate Abi, who loves acting and Diva, a Malaysian girl who dreams of becoming a big a star. Although they are given neither a budget nor a crew, they not only manage to produce a wide range of crazy shows but unexpectedly boost the ratings. Seeing that his plan is about to fail, Mr. Lo fires the trio!
While struggling to make ends meet, the trio notice that the Crazy TV are looking for the “super production team” and that gives them a ray of hope of returning to the station. However, they are dragged into an unexpected crisis...

Director's Statement

(...) It is a comedy full of creativity and realist portrayal of life. It faithfully reflects the sense of helplessness that many people who work in television feel. Moreover, it shows the diligent, courageous and innocent spirit demonstrated by countless Taiwanese at grass-root level. In term of the cast, I choose completely different actors from those in the play since I want to bring a new life to the play that everyone is so familiar with when it is presented on the big screen. When I met OD for the first time, I immediately knew that I had found my lead actor. OD has very quick wits and is a born comedian. Min Chen speaks with a distinct Malaysian accent, and I was more than willing to modify the character for her. Kuan Ting was a real gem that we unexpectedly discovered during the production, and therefore the role he played became more important.
A man’s crazy dream has brought a new life to the Crazy TV. Through this film, I hope that we could share this mad and joyful story with more people.




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