The atrocities of Taiwan’s White Terror, a period of political repression, provide the chilling backdrop for John Hsu Han-chiang’s high-school horror film, for which he won the best new director and best adapted screenplay prizes at this year’s Golden Horse film awards. Adapted from the side-scroller video game of the same name, Detention interweaves high school romance with fantastical scares, as a group of revolutionary teens risk their lives in 1962 to study literary works banned by the vicious Kuomintang (KMT) authorities.
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