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Netflix in Detention with game adaptation

The Detention video game, which was released in 2017

Netflix has added to its slate of Chinese-language originals with a series based on Taiwanese adventure game Detention.

Detention: The Series, from Taiwan Public Television Service, will premiere worldwide on Netflix exclusively on December 5, with new episodes released each week.

Set in the White Terror period (1949-1987) in Taiwan, the Detention game was released in 2017, developed by Red Candles Games, and went on to win numerous awards.

The eight-part series starts at Greenwood High School in the 1990s. Yunxiang Liu (played by Lingwei Lee), a transfer student, steps into the forbidden area of the campus by accident, where she encounters the ghost of Ruixin Fang (Ning Han).

Fang later unveils 30 years of hidden history and trauma, involving a group of young students and teachers who were persecuted as they fought for freedom in the era of censorship.

The series is produced by Shih-Ken Lin and Yi-Lin Lin and directed by I-Hsuan Su, Shiang-An Chuang and I-Ling Lin. Also on board are Red Candles Games and Outland Film Production.

Shih-Ken Lin said: “Detention: The Series is a story about a definitively authoritarian period in the history of Taiwan. We are excited to be able to tell such a unique yet universally resonant story through a global service like Netflix, as we enter this new age of digital media.”

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