“Detention” Acclaimed Taiwanese Horror Arrives in U.S. Cinemas Oct. 8!

Just in time for Halloween, Taiwan’s biggest horror hit arrives in U.S. cinemas October 8th!

Nominated for 12 Golden Horse Awards (Taiwan’s Academy Awards)

Winner of Best New Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Song

1962 Taiwan, during the time of the White Terror. Martial law is in full force across the country. In a time of extreme repression, all ideas considered to be dissident are banned, and the culprits are tortured or executed.

Tsuihua Secondary School is not an exception from this oppression. Despite close surveillance by the military police, Professor Chang (Fu Meng-Po) runs an underground literary club where he and his students learn about banned books and dream of freedom. One of his club members, Fang (Gingle Wang, in a Golden Horse-nominated performance) is madly in love with him. The usually shy teenage girl from an abusive home manages to open up like a book in his presence.

But then, Chang disappears…

One night, Fang wakes up at her desk, the school around her changed and distorted. As she wanders through the sinister corridors and dilapidated rooms in search of her teacher, she meets Wei (Tse Jing-Hua). Together, they must confront the ghosts and monsters that have taken over their alma mater in order to find out what has happened there.

Adapted from the eponymous video game, which was based on true events, this masterful debut from director and co-writer John Hsu creates at once a shocking historical drama, melancholy coming-of-age tale, and nightmarish horror film that recalls the masterworks of Guillermo del Toro, and with enough blood, striking sound design, art direction, and special effects to evoke the best of SILENT HILL. 

DETENTION is directed and co-written by John Chu and stars Gingle Wang, Fu Meng-po, Tseng Ching-hua, Cecilia Choi, and Hung Chang Chu. 

DETENTION opens in theatres and virtual cinemas nationwide on Friday, October 8th


Taiwanese Language with English Subtitles

104 minutes

Not Rated

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