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Detention (2019) (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Gingle Wang (Actor) | Tseng Jing Hua (Actor) | Hsia Ching Ting (Actor) | Jessie Chang (Actor)
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Golden Bell-winning director John Hsu's feature debut Detention won five awards at the 56th Golden Horse Film Awards, including Best New Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Original Song and Best Visual Effects. Based on the same-titled survival game, the atmospheric psychological horror is set in 1962 during Taiwan's White Terror period of authoritarian rule. Two teenaged students trapped in their high school encounter supernatural horrors that allude to the real horrors of their time and place.

High school senior Fang Ray Shin (Gingle Wang) is in love with her tutor Chang Ming Hui (Fu Meng Po). Faced with problems at home and at school, she sees him as her only way out in this suffocating era of loneliness and repression. Ming Hui organizes a reading club with other teachers and students in order to study banned books. In the high-pressure environment of the school, they risk their lives to experience a bit of freedom. One rainy night, Ray Shin and classmate Chung Ting (Tseng Jing Hua) wake up at school. The two try to search for their teacher, but they find that the dark and terrifying campus is not the world they once knew.

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Product Title: Detention (2019) (DVD) (Korea Version) 返校 (DVD) (韓國版) 返校 (DVD) (韩国版) Detention (2019) (DVD) (Korea Version) 반교 : 디텐션 (DVD) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Gingle Wang (Actor) | Tseng Jing Hua (Actor) | Hsia Ching Ting (Actor) | Jessie Chang (Actor) | Chu Hung Chang (Actor) | Lee Kuan Yi (Actor) | Pang Chin Yu (Actor) | Yun Zhong Yue (Actor) | Fu Meng Po (Actor) | Li Yu Tong (Actor) | Cecilia Choi (Actor) | Moon Lee 王淨 (Actor) | 曾敬驊 (Actor) | 夏靖庭 (Actor) | 張 本渝 (Actor) | 朱 宏章 (Actor) | 李冠毅 (Actor) | 潘親御 (Actor) | 雲中岳 (Actor) | 傅 孟柏 (Actor) | 李宇彤 (Actor) | 蔡 思韵 (Actor) | 李沐 王净 (Actor) | 曾敬骅 (Actor) | 夏靖庭 (Actor) | 张 本渝 (Actor) | 朱 宏章 (Actor) | 李冠毅 (Actor) | 潘亲御 (Actor) | 云中岳 (Actor) | 傅 孟柏 (Actor) | 李宇彤 (Actor) | 蔡 思韵 (Actor) | 李沐 Gingle Wang (Actor) | 曾敬驊(ツェン・ジンホア) (Actor) | 夏靖庭(シャー・ジンティン) (Actor) | Jessie Chang (Actor) | Chu Hung Chang (Actor) | 李冠毅(リー・グァンイー) (Actor) | 潘親御(パン・チンユー) (Actor) | Yun Zhong Yue (Actor) | フー・モンボー[傅孟柏] (Actor) | Li Yu Tong (Actor) | Cecilia Choi (Actor) | 李沐(ムーン・リー) Gingle Wang (Actor) | Tseng Jing Hua (Actor) | Hsia Ching Ting (Actor) | Jessie Chang (Actor) | Chu Hung Chang (Actor) | Lee Kuan Yi (Actor) | Pang Chin Yu (Actor) | Yun Zhong Yue (Actor) | Fu Meng Po (Actor) | Li Yu Tong (Actor) | Cecilia Choi (Actor) | Moon Lee
Director: John Hsu 徐漢強 徐汉强 John Hsu John Hsu
Producer: Li Lieh | Li Yao Hua 李烈 | 李耀華 李烈 | 李耀华 Li Lieh | Li Yao Hua Li Lieh | Li Yao Hua
Release Date: 2021-07-08
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Korean
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Injoingan
Package Weight: 150 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1103279995

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반교 : 디텐션 (DVD) (한국판)

*Sound mix:중국어 돌비디지털 5.1
*Screen format:2.35:1 아나몰픽 와이드스크린

*Director:존쉬

대만 박스오피스 1위&금마장 시상식 5관왕
부산국제영화제 최단 시간 매진까지!
게임&영화 팬들을 만족시킬 올여름 단 하나의 어드벤처 호러!
전세계 게이머들이 극찬한 걸작 호러 게임
영화로 다시 태어나다!
기억하지 못하면 나갈 수 없다!
1960년대 자유가 사라진 대만의 모습 완벽 재현!

비가 내리던 어두운 밤,
모두가 갑자기 자취를 감춰버린 학교에 남겨진 팡루이신과 웨이중팅.
두 사람은 사라진 사람들을 찾아 학교를 벗어나려 하지만
환영과 귀신들이 그들을 괴롭히고
잊고 있었던 끔찍한 비밀들이 조금씩 드러나기 시작하는데...
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Professional Review of "Detention (2019) (DVD) (Korea Version)"

March 16, 2020

This professional review refers to Detention (2019) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)
Detention starts out like a fairly by-the-numbers horror film – two teenagers wake up in an abandoned high school in the middle of the night. There's no electricity, there are weird noises everywhere, and before you know it, spooky things that go bump in the night start showing up.

On the surface, Detention fits in perfectly with films like The Tag-Along series, The Rope Curse and recent box office hit The Bridge Curse as part of Taiwan cinema's recent horror resurgence. But two things set this surprise blockbuster apart from its contemporaries: It's Taiwan cinema's first adaptation of a homegrown video game, and it tells a story that is deeply rooted in a dark chapter of Taiwan's real history.

The two students we meet in the beginning are Ray Shin (Gingle Wang) and her classmate Chong Ting (Tseng Ching Hua). They're living in the middle of the White Terror period when the ruling Kuomintang imposed draconian measures to suppress dissidents and anything perceived to be pro-Communist. Flashbacks reveal that the spooky things our protagonists encounter are manifested from their ties to a secret reading club for banned books organized by Mr. Chang (Fu Meng Po) and what happens when the club is discovered by authorities.

Best known for his 2017 hit VR comedy Your Spiritual Temple Sucks, director and co-writer John Hsu uses a mix of traditional filmmaking craft and special effects to carry over the original game's creepy atmosphere and some of its scariest moments. Despite being made for just a fraction of the budget of a standard Blumhouse horror film, Detention is a polished commercial film driven by a strong directorial vision and top-tier production values.

Hsu keeps most of the horror elements of the game in the first half of the film, using them as a tease to segue viewers to the tragic story that led to the characters' predicament. The tragic backstory is assembled like a puzzle through gathering evidence (while escaping ghosts and ghouls along the way) in the game, while it's merely served to audiences via flashbacks in the film. Nevertheless, the chilling depiction of life during the White Terror period elevates Detention from a standard horror film to a powerful psychological drama about guilt and resilience in an era of oppression.

Up until now, the White Terror era has mostly been depicted in serious films like Hou Hsiao Hsien's City of Sadness, Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day and Yonfan's Prince of Tears. Detention is as serious in its examination of the era as its predecessors, but it cleverly uses genre elements to draw its viewers into a film that is ultimately a sobering history lesson at its core. If it takes a haunted school horror yarn to inspire young audiences to reflect on the difficulties and challenges that Taiwan overcame before it achieved democracy, then so be it.

by Kevin Ma

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