In 2017, rubbing a few people the wrong way, I listed Red Candle Games’ Detention as one of the Best VNs of the year. To be fair, I should have probably just gave it an Honorable Mention: especially with the narrative-driven Herald on the list. However, the game certainly deserves whatever recognition it can get as one of the best narrative game/platform games released in the past five years. So imagine my surprise when I found out that it has been adapted into a feature film!
Unfortunately, not for the West. But still.
Breaking from PC Gamer, the film adaptation of Detention will debut in Taiwan this coming September. It will be directed by a man named John Hsu who, based on his IMDB page, is a relatively new director in Taiwan with only four films under his belt and starring Gingle Wang, another relatively new face with only a singular TV and Film credit under her belt, as the protagonist Fang Ray Shin. If anyone reading this lives in Taiwan, I would love to know your opinion of both the director and actress and what that could mean for the film. In the meantime, here’s the synopsis:
Greenwood high school, located in a remote mountainous area, two students found themselves trapped and vulnerable. The place they once knew has changed in unsettling ways, haunted by evil creatures. To escape, they must explore the mysterious campus filled with ominous objects and puzzles. How will they survive in this ever threatening environment? Could they return to safety in one piece?
As a fan of the game, I absolutely hope it will get a viewing in the United States realistically speaking next year. From the trailer, it looks like a faithful adaptation that only amps up the creepy atmosphere the game perfected. Have you played Detention? If so, are you looking forward to the film? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments. JP3: OUT.