Catch Phrase | 剧本杀(jùběnshā)

Writer: Debra Li  |  Editor: Stephanie Yang  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2021-09-29


“剧本” means “script,” and “杀” means “murder.” The term is the Chinese equivalent for “murder mystery game,” which refers to a party game where players hear evidence and follow clues to work out who amongst them is the murderer. The game based on a script can be spread over several rounds, and can take place as a murder mystery night, murder mystery dinner party, or even a murder mystery weekend. The games are often themed, and players are encouraged to dress up in character. Originating in the U.K., a game titled “Death Wears White” was first introduced to China in 2013, starting a fad among the young and spawning a quickly expanding business sector. The operators provide a venue, scripts and costumes for players, who pay a fee to participate in the game.


A: 周末有什么打算?

Zhōumò yǒu shénme dǎsuàn?

Any plans for the weekend?

B: 我想去玩一场剧本杀,要不要一起?

Wǒ xiǎng qù wán yīchǎng jùběnshā,yàobuyào yīqǐ?

I’d like to play a murder mystery game. Would you like to join me?