By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The after-school activities are supernatural in the award-winning chiller.
Dekanalog has announced that it will release director John Hsu’s DETENTION to theaters and virtual cinemas October 8. Winner of five prizes at the 56th Golden Horse Awards and Best Film at Fantasporto, it was scripted by John Hsu, Fu Kai-ling and Chien Shih-keng and stars Gingle Wang, Fu Meng-po, Tseng Jing-hua, Cecilia Choi and Wang Ko-yuan. The synopsis: “Set in 1962 Taiwan during the White Terror martial law period, DETENTION tells the story of Fang Ray Shin [Golden Horse nominee Wang], a female student at the hillside Greenwood High School and, attending counselling with teacher Mr. Chang [Fu], they gradually fall in love. It was a dangerous period where sensitive books were banned and free speech were restricted, but Mr. Chang has secretly organized a study group for banned books. One day, Mr. Chang disappears without explanation, and only Ray-shin and her fellow student Chong-ting [Tseng] seem to remember that he ever existed. The two agree to work together to find their missing teacher, but soon find that their school is no longer the familiar world they remember. The building has become an alien land of ghosts and demons, and the two students will be forced to confront a terrible, secret truth if they hope to escape with their lives.”
See our review of DETENTION here.