Turning 18

Ho Chao-Ti
87 minutes


Two indigenous Taiwanese girls on the cusp of adulthood are the focus of this moving documentary.

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Growing up in a broken household with an alcoholic mother, Hui-chen takes comfort in practising taekwondo at school whilst dreaming of a better future out in the city. In a similar situation is Pei-yi, who stays with her boyfriend to escape the abuse she suffers at home. When they meet at a vocational training programme, the lives of the two girls, both on the cusp of turning 18, start to change.

Sensitive but not saccharine, Turning 18 is an unflinching examination of girlhood with occasional bouts of tenderness. As a sharp-eyed commentary on the issue of rural poverty in Taiwan, the film confronts issues ranging from the casual racism faced by the country’s indigenous community, to the sexual abuse of minors, to LGBTQ rights, all wrapped in a universal tale of coming of age.

Other Details

Production Company
Conjunction Films


Dare To Dream Asia, Docs By The Sea 2017


Sundance Documentary Film Program
Busan Bank Fund
Asian Network of Documentaries
World Premiere
Sheffield Doc/Fest
Official Selection
Busan International Film Festival
Official Selection
Singapore International Film Festival
Media Recommendation Award
Taipei Film Festival
Best Female Director Award of the Youth Jury
Cinemasia Film Festival


Ho Chao-Ti
Ho Chao-Ti
Director, Producer
Ho Chao-ti is a producer and director of documentary films. For several years she has made films centered on marginalized communities and non-mainstream issues, such as the impact of globalization and contemporary cultural hybridity. Distinguished by her unique vision, her works have been featured in international film festivals in Europe, North America and Asia, receiving numerous awards, and also MoMA in New York. She was also the production director for the Taipei office of CNEX Foundation.
Liao Ching-Song
Liao Ching-Song
Born in 1950, he began his career as an editing technician at the Central Motion Picture Corp (CMPC), and edited many of the Taiwan New Wave works, such as In Our Time (1982), The Sandwich Man (1983), The Terrorist (1987), and Dust of Angels (1992). In particular, he began working with Hou Hsiao-Hsien on military documentaries at CMPC, and has been responsible for editing most of his works ever since. He has also directed several films and has served as a producer on “Millennium Mambo”.

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