Nowhere Man (Taiwanese TV series)

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Nowhere Man
Promotional poster
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese罪夢者
Simplified Chinese罪梦者
Literal meaningThe One with Crime and Dreams
Created by
  • Francis Smith
  • Zoanne Tan
Written byChen Yin-jung
Story by
  • Francis Smith
  • Zoanne Tan
  • Chen Yu-li
  • Kuo Po-shen
  • Jie Zhan
Directed byChen Yin-jung
  • Dino Acconci
  • Hsu Chia-wei
  • Triodust
Country of originTaiwan
Original language
  • Mandarin
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
  • Francis Smith
  • Zoanne Tan
CinematographyPatrick Chou
EditorChen Yin-jung
Running time33–67 minutes
Production companyIFA Media
Original release
ReleaseOctober 31, 2019 (2019-10-31)

Nowhere Man is a 2019 Taiwanese television miniseries written, directed, and edited by Chen Yin-jung. It stars Joseph Chang, Alyssa Chia, Mavis Fan, Wang Po-chieh, Jeremiah Zhang, Zhou Ming-fu, Greg Hsu, Kuo Tzu-chien, and Lu Yi-lung. The miniseries follows a death row inmate who must break out of prison to save his kidnapped son and protect his family.

The first Mandarin-language Netflix original series, Nowhere Man premiered in eight parts on October 31, 2019.[1][2][3][4][5] It received eight Golden Bell Award nominations, including Best Miniseries, and won four.


A strange encounter that causes a man awaiting execution to experience alternate timelines. That leads to his escape from prison to protect his family.




  • Tou Chung-hua as Wan You-qing
  • Benjamin Lee as Wang Qing-nian
  • L. C. Sun as Qui Yi-yang
  • Shen Hai-yung as Ding Wan-rong / Xia Ding-xiang
  • Pan Yi-chun as Zhang Lian-sheng
  • Tu Chun-chi as Lin Guan-zhong
  • Peng Cian-you as Lin Ben-chuan
  • Lucas Hsieh as Jiang Tian-you
  • Coco Ho as Wang Xiao-qiu
  • Jay Kao as Zhou Xu-liang

English cast[edit]


Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal release date
1"Chapter 1: The Killing"October 31, 2019 (2019-10-31)
2"Chapter 2: The Child"October 31, 2019 (2019-10-31)
3"Chapter 3: Ten Years"October 31, 2019 (2019-10-31)
4"Chapter 4: Old Friends"October 31, 2019 (2019-10-31)
5"Chapter 5: Short-Lived"October 31, 2019 (2019-10-31)
6"Chapter 6: Recollection"October 31, 2019 (2019-10-31)
7"Chapter 7: OGAWA"October 31, 2019 (2019-10-31)
8"Chapter 8: Sleepwalking"October 31, 2019 (2019-10-31)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2020 55th Golden Bell Awards Best Miniseries Nowhere Man Nominated
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film Joseph Chang Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film Wang Po-chieh Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film Mavis Fan Nominated
Best Cinematography Chou Yi-hsien
Yang Fong-ming
Sun Chi-ming
Best Sound R.T. Kao
Kenny Cheng
Hsu Chia-wei
Tang Shiang-chu
Best Lighting Hsieh Sung-ming Won
Best Art and Design Liang Shuo-lin
Zoey Shih


  1. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (August 26, 2019). "Netflix Unveils Launch Dates for First Trio of Chinese-Language Originals". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  2. ^ Shackleton, Liz (August 27, 2019). "Netflix sets dates for trio of Chinese-language originals". Screen Daily. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  3. ^ Yang, Tzu-hsuan (September 27, 2019). "Netflix to release first mandarin original series 'Nowhere Man' next month". The China Post. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  4. ^ Salvi, Pooja (October 28, 2019). "'Nowhere Man': Netflix's first Mandarin original is the story of a father escaping from death row to rescue his kidnapped son". MEA WorldWide. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  5. ^ Parkes, Douglas (November 15, 2019). "Netflix's first Chinese-language originals have arrived – what to expect from C-dramas Nowhere Man, Triad Princess and The Ghost Bride". South China Morning Post. Retrieved September 16, 2021.

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