Date: 6 December 2020
By: Vikki Blake, Contributor
Taiwanese horror Detention is the latest video game to get an adaptation on Netflix.
As we described in our review at the time, Detention takes place in 1960s Taiwan, more than a decade into the 38-year period of martial law known as the White Terror. This was a period which plunged the country into an oppressive Orwellian nightmare that lasted nearly four decades. Around 140,000 Taiwanese citizens were imprisoned, and up to 4,000 executed for their real or perceived dissidence toward the ruling Nationalist Party of China government during the period.
It was developed by Red Candle Games, which was in the news for all the wrong reasons last year after Chinese players revolted over an in-game attack on the leader of China that resulted in the game being temporarily pulled from sale.
As reported by PC Gamer, this Netflix series is separate from a 2019 movie that is also based upon the game, and has been developed in partnership with Taiwan's independent Public Television Service. The Chinese-language production stars Lingwei Lee as Yunxiang Liu and Ning Han as Ruixin Fang.
"A tormented student uncovers unsettling secrets about her remote high school as betrayal and a paranormal encounter upend her life," Netflix says in the show's description, which also confirms that the eight episodes will be made available weekly between now and the end of the year.