The Extra's Journey

"A Taiwanese story of struggles among dreams, reality and families."
Would you still be willing to pursue a dream no one believes you can achieve?
Queenie is a girl who has left her hometown to work in the capital city of Taipei. She is an extra actor and also works part-time nurse in a beauty clinic; she hopes to become a professional actress one day. But the working environment often requires women to do very unusual performances. So for the career expectation, she can only accept the situations. Ke-Han is a Taiwanese who is turning 30. Although he doesn't look like a star from his look, his biggest dream is to work with his idol, the martial art actor Donnie Yen one day. So he got into the circle of extra actors and started to learn to become a martial artist.As an extra, he works through various film productions and is willing to take all performing-related jobs for his living.

This documentary records Taiwanese Extra Actors of different gender, generation and background. For them, the support from their family is the biggest strength and may also be a hindrance. Before touching on the goal and clarifying their own predicament, they are still running around in the industry, struggling with the balance of reality and ideals.

Through their journeys, we witness the struggles and challenges they face, including cultural differences and the difficulties faced by women in the industry. Yet, despite these obstacles, they persevere. Director WU Hsin-yu spent six years chronicling their journeys with a humorous and engaging style.

# This film In association with NHK and NHK Enterprises(Japan)
#2022 Taipei International Labor Film Festival/ Best Feature Film.
#Documentary Campus-Crossing Borders(Leipzig) project.
#CNEX Chinese Doc Forum(CCDF) project.

  • Hsin-Yu WU
  • Jerome Yichieh WANG
    WANG has been a theatremaker for over a decade, cooperating with Guling Street Avant-garde Theatre and Théâtre de Ajmer and touring in Taiwan, France and China. He started making documentaries and short films since 2015. His produced film "A Deamer's Journey." premiered on Japan NHK World channel. Now, he works as an independent documentary filmmaker.
  • Tsung-Hsien WU
    Film Editing
  • Blaire KO
    Original Score Music
    "Detention" (TV Series, Netflix)
  • Hsiao-Tien SHIH
    Sound design
  • Ke-Han ZHANG
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    comedy, Family, Taiwan, Mental Illness, Mandarin, Cultural, Film
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 27, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    China, Taiwan
  • Language:
    Mandarin Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 2022 Taipei International Labor Film Festival/ Best Feature Film.
    November 26, 2022
    Best Feature Film.
  • 2023 Kingston International Film Festival (UK)

    United Kingdom
    June 24, 2023
Distribution Information
  • La Su-Shi Film Studio
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Hsin-Yu WU

Hsin-Yu WU is a Taiwanese independent filmmaker. She graduated from the Documentary & Film Archiving school,Tainan National University of the Arts. She was a director/program writer for TV channel and now an independent documentary filmmaker. She familiar with Taiwan's indigenous issue and care about the young generations in social changes. WU’s co-directing documentary film “The Wall” won Best Feature Documentary in 2015 Golden Harvest Awards. The film is about indigenous youth who were former Inmates. Her directing short film "A Deamer's Journey." premiered on NHK World channel.

2015 “The Wall” 60min (Co-Director)
Golden Harvest Awards2015 -The Best Documentary
Taipei Film Festival 2015- selected

2011 “The Women's Nest” 88min
Women Make Waves Film Festival Taiwan2011

2010 “Away from Namasia” 45min
Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival

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Director Statement

It is difficult for small countries to avoid being influenced by powerful neighbours, whether economically or culturally. This documentary is about how we followed these extra's footsteps from a small country toward to the other end. They want to turn their lives to achieve bright success just like everyone else. I'd to understand why they keep moving forward and reflect on ourselves.
What the extra actors are waiting for is not only a role but also a bright entrance to the success of their lifetime. However, how much effort does it take for their star dreams to accomplish?
-Director Hsin-Yu WU