The film adaption of “Detention,” a Taiwan horror video game developed by Red Candle Games, released an official trailer on the opening day of the Ghost Festival (Zhongyuan Jie, 中元節), which fell on Aug. 15 this year. Long-awaited fans were excited to get a glimpse of the movie and to see the recreation of key characters and scenes from the video game.
The film stars Gingle Wang as the main character, Fang Ray Shin, and renowned actors Hsia Ching-ting (夏靖庭) and Chang Pen-yu (張本瑜) as the parents of Ray Shin. The trailer opens with a thrilling scene of Ray Shin praying and mumbling, “Buddha, please answer my prayer,” giving audience chills from head to toe.
The story is set in 1960s Taiwan under martial law, with the plotline centering around a schoolbook club for banned books. The members of the book club are also revealed in the trailer, starring actors Li Guan Yi (李冠毅) and Pan Qin Yu (潘親御), who had collaborated before in a 2008 movie, “Orz Boyz.”
The book club has a more prominent role in the film than the original video game. The trailer really sets the mood of the movie, as Li Guan Yi’s character says: “We only read a few books, how come everything went so wrong?” bringing the horror film’s tension to the next level.
The trailer also reveals the forbidden romance between the main character, Fang Ray Shin, and her teacher.
As an adaptation of the video game, the film follows the journey of Fang Ray Shin after she wakes up in an empty school, finding herself in a realm different from reality, filled with spirits and ghosts. The movie will be released on Sep. 20 in Taiwan. ●