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DETENTION(2019)

  • Executive producer : Lee Lieh , Aileen Li
  • Director : John Hsu
  • Screenplay : John Hsu , Fu Kai-Ling , Chien Shih-Keng
  • Cast : Gingle Wang, Fu Meng-Po, Tseng Jing-Hua, Cecilia Choi , Chu Hung-Chang
  • Runtime : 103 mins

In 1962, a sense of desolation and tension permeate the society. Fang, a twelfth grader at Tsuihua Senior High School, falls in love with Zhang, a counselling teacher. Troubled by the problems at school and home, Fang feels that Zhang is the only person who understands her. Longing for freedom, Zhang forms a study group with his colleagues and students, including Yin and Wei. Reading the banned books allows them to be liberated for a brief moment but at the same time, they put their lives in great danger. One day, Zhang vanishes into thin air, and only Fang and Wei, an eleventh grader, remember him. Together, Fang and Wei start looking for the disappeared teacher but find the school gradually slipping out of the world they are familiar with. Then in a realm dominated by ghosts and spirits, the pair are forced to face the terrifying truth…

Director Statement

As a video game player, the spooky visual effects and the heartbreaking story of the video game Detention exerted such a strong long-lasting impact on me. Since then I had been hoping to turn it into a movie and to move the hearts of a larger audience with it. Aiming to be faithful to the original story, I enhance its distinctive visual design and the emotions it conveys, transforming it into a unique thriller both in terms of the story and the style.

Awards

  • 2020 Taipei Film Awards – 12 nominations & 6 wins
  • wins: Grand Prize, Best Narrative Feature, Best Actress (Gingle Wang), , Best Sound Design, Best Art Design, Best Visual Effect
  • nominations: Best Director, Best Actor (Tseng Jing-Hua), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Makeup & Costume Design
  • 2019 Golden Horse Awards – 12 nominations & 5 wins,
  • wins: Best New Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Film Song
  • nominations: Best Narrative Feature, Best Leading Actress (Gingle Wang), Best New Performer, Best Film Editing, Best Action Choreography, Best Original Film Score, Best Sound Effects

Film Festivals

  • 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival.
  • 2020 Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival
  • 2020 Udine Far East Film Festival
  • 2020 Asian Pop-Up Cinema
  • 2020 Hong Kong Film Awards – Best Asian Chinese Language Film (nominated)
  • 2020 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival – International Competition
  • 2020 Cleveland International Film Festival – International Narrative Competition
  • 2020 Miami Film Festival – Competition
  • 2020 Cinemasia Film Festival – Official Selection
  • 2020 Fantasporto – Orient Express Competition – Special Jury
  • 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) – Voices
  • 2019 Busan International Film Festival – Midnight Passion

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