Detention

  • 103'
  • Taiwan
  • 2019

One spooky night, Fang (Gingle Wang) and a classmate are at their secondary school, looking into the disappearance of their friends and teachers who founded an illegal book club. Taiwan, 1962: the Chinese occupation. Political literature is strictly prohibited and its dissemination is severely punished. Wandering the creaky hallways, Fang discovers a dark secret about her role in the disappearance of her rebellious schoolmates.

Taiwanese director John Hsu's feature film debut is based on the popular, eponymous video game. Detention combines a historic school drama with psychological horror to make Taiwan's repression tangible. The refreshing combination of genres, great acting – with the cast alternating between horror and drama – as well as spine-chilling sound and computer-generated effects made this the box-office smash of the year in its home country.

Director
John Hsu
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Taiwan
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
103'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Fan shiao
Language
Mandarin
Producers
Lieh Lee, Aileen Li
Production Companies
1 Production Film Co., Filmagic Pictures Co.
Sales
MandarinVision Co. Ltd.
Cinematography
Chou Yi-hsien
Editor
Meng-Ju Shieh
Production Design
Chih-cheng Wang
Sound Design
Book Chien, Dennis Tsao
Cast
Gingle Wang, Chin-Hua Tseng, Fu Meng-po