Coming of Age

Ziliang Chen, a high school student, looks forward to stepping into adulthood and leaving his indifferent and restrictive family. A manslaughter case completely changes his life trajectory, which is the starting point of his true coming-of-age journey as well as the turning point of his estranged relationship with his mother.

  • Zhao Wu
  • Zhao Wu
  • Jiayin Bao
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    18 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 GBP
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    United Kingdom
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    Yes - London Film School
Director Biography - Zhao Wu

Zhao Wu is a director from China and a recent graduate of MA Filmmaking at London Film School. She comes from an undergraduate degree background in Chinese Literature and she has always been interested in exciting and well-designed stories. She enjoys crime films and has loved mystery novels as well as detective films since she was a child. Setting up mysteries and guiding people to solve them is what she loves, and she hopes that she will be able to make attractive suspense films in the future.

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Director Statement

Teenagers grow up when they start shedding their dependence on others and start taking responsibility for their own decisions - just like the protagonist Ziliang in this film. His great expectations of adulthood are impeded by pain and disappointment, and he has become confused and disillusioned. Coming-of-age is not only about flowers, suits, and fireworks. It is also a cold and sharp scalpel that cuts through the protective film between childhood and the real world.