• Director John Hsu
  • Cast

    Gingle Wang

    Meng-Po Fu

    Jing-Hua Tseng

  • Country Taiwan
  • Language English subtitles
  • Running time 103 minutes
  • Year 2019

Taiwan 1962: a sense of desolation and tension permeate society. Fang, a troubled high school student, falls in love with Zhang, her teacher, who hosts an illicit study group in his search for freedom. Reading banned books allows them moments of liberation but they put their lives in danger. One day, Zhang vanishes into thin air and only Fang and Wei remember him. Together, they start searching for him but find the school gradually slipping out of the world they are familiar with. In a realm dominated by ghosts and spirits, the pair are forced to face the terrifying truth…

John Hsu’s debut brings the indie side-scrolling game of the same name to life in this atmospheric and politically-charged film. Marking another fine example of a spooky video game adaptation that actually works (see also Fatal Frame, Abertoir 2015!), Detention is jam-packed with complex characters, questionable choices, and devastating revelations.


Schoolgirl and boy with photos of students in background.