Detention

2019, Horror, 1h 42m

42 Reviews Fewer than 50 Ratings

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Politically charged horror that's as viscerally effective as it is intellectually stimulating, Detention's got class. Read critic reviews

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We're in 1962 Taiwan, during the time of the White Terror, with martial law in full force on the island. In this 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) 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. Then Chang disappears... One night, Fang wakes up at her desk, but the school has changed. As she wanders through the sinister corridors and other dilapidated rooms in search of her teacher, she meets Wei (Tse Jing-Hua). Together, they must confront the ghosts and deformed monsters that have taken over their alma mater, to find out what happened there.

Cast & Crew

Gingle Wang
Fang Ray-Shin
Meng-Po Fu
Chang Ming-Hui
Jing-hua Tseng
Wei Chong-Ting
Cecilia Choi
Yin Cui-Han
Pen-yu Chang
Fang's Mother
Ching-ting Hsia
Ching-ting Hsia
Fang's Father
Yun Chung Yueh
Old Wei Zhong-Ting
John Hsu
Director
John Hsu
Screenwriter
Yi-Hsien Chou
Cinematographer
Meng-Ju Shieh
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