Taiwan, 1962. The people suffer under the White Terror led by the Kuomintang, who want to wipe out all communists. But a comrade is hard to get rid of, so the torturous terror has been going on for over a decade with no end in sight. In the midst of all that a couple of students decide to set up a book club. Sounds nerdy? Well, it ain’t, back then reading a Chilean poet was like telling your mom you’re signing up for ISIS nowadays. When they are found out and tortured, only a few are able to get away and hide in a gloomy universe, somewhat akin to SILENT HILL (for the atmosphere) and PAN’S LABYRINTH (for the less than utopic political context). Even though the odds were against him, director John Hsu was unafraid to adapt the videogame Detention, and miraculously ends up with the exact opposite of MORTAL KOMBAT: no kitsch but a hyper realistic fever dream with a high voltage of adrenaline and a painter’s eye for color. Crimson red, yellow, white, blue… A nightmare in Technicolor! China has already let us know that it doesn’t dig the film and has therefore censured it. With no effect in Taiwan, where the movie broke all records at the box-office and scooped up 12 nominations for the Golden Horse Awards. Pick your side!
|Genre(s)||horror, mystery, thriller|
|Subtitles||EN, FR, NL|
|Production||1 Production FIlm Co./ Filmagic Pictures Co.|