Netflix announced that “Detention: The Series,” a new Chinese-language original series in collaboration with Taiwan Public Television Service (PTS) will premiere worldwide on Netflix exclusively on December 5. The logline: “Detention: The Series” is based on the namesake Taiwanese adventure game published in 2017, developed by Red Candles Games. Set in the White Terror period (1949-1987) in Taiwan, it entwines the suffocating political situations under martial law and heart-stopping legends of local deities, portraying a labyrinth of unspeakable oppressions. The Detention game, featuring a dark and desperate ending, was an instant and lasting hit, while the live action film garnered five major awards from 2019 Golden Horse Awards including the Best Adapted Screenplay.
The drama starts at Greenwood High School in the 1990s. Yunxiang Liu (Lingwei Lee), a transfer student, steps into the forbidden area on the campus by accident, where she encounters the ghost of Ruixin Fang (Ning Han). Fang later unveils the hidden history and trauma over the past 30 years, and how a group of young students and teachers were persecuted as they fought for freedom in the era of censorship. Their stories keep coming back to the school like haunting nightmares, waiting to be told and revealed.
“Detention: The Series” is produced by Shih-Ken Lin (The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful, The Tag-Along 2, and Who Killed Cock Robin) and Yi-Lin Lin (GF*BF, and Zinnia Flower); directed by I-Hsuan Su, Shiang-An Chuang and I-Ling Lin, each in charge of different episodes for a brand-new worldview.