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Dream Home

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Dream Home

(Wai dor lei ah yut ho)
Sponsored by: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Canada)

Canadian Premiere

  • Hong Kong 2010
  • 96 min
  • 35mm
  • Cantonese with English subtitles
Hosted by executive producer Andrew Ooi and co-producer Raymond Phathanavirangoon

WINNER: Mad Movies Prize for the Maddiest Film, Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, Udine Far East Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival 2010

Genre

HorrorCrime / ThrillerComedy

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“Goes beyond its rococo, nihilistic violence (much of it X-rated, by the way) into piercing social satire and considerable dramatic tension” — Andrew O’Hehir, SALON

“Nasty and exciting... a new kind of tongue-in-cheek horror comedy” — Simon Abrams, NEW YORK PRESS

Credits

Director: Pang Ho-Cheung
Screenplay: Pang Ho-Cheung, Derek Tsang Kwok-Cheung, Jimmy Wan Chi-Man
Cast: Josie Ho, Eason Chan, Bau Hei-Jing, Norman Tsui, Derek Tsang Kwok-Cheung
Producers: Pang Ho-Cheung, Subi Liang, Josie Ho, Conroy Chan Chi-Chung
Print Source: Fortissimo Films

Marc-de-Foy

Description

Ah, domestic bliss. We all know the Norman Rockwell version of America—the little house with the white picket fence and small children playing with the family pet in their perfectly manicured yard. Owning your own home is one of the ultimate goals of adult life, a space to truly call your own that you can tailor and shape to suit your own needs and personalities. A space that nobody can take from you. And it’s the same everywhere—no matter how different the architecture, no matter how different the lifestyle, the urge to nest cannot be denied. Not without consequences, at least...

Though the urge towards home ownership may seem an odd premise for a horror film, that is exactly the stomping ground chosen by Pang Ho-Cheung—certainly Hong Kong’s most diverse film talent (think of ISABELLA, EXODUS, TRIVIAL MATTERS or this year’s LOVE IN A PUFF, also at Fantasia)—for his full-blooded slasher DREAM HOME. And it makes more sense, the more you think of it. Just think of the recent desperation captured on the nightly news during the U.S. housing crisis and multiply that tenfold—or more—to take into account the wild extremes of Hong Kong housing prices and wage disparity…

Star/producer Josie Ho delivers a powerful central performance as a woman driven to extremes to meet her goals, extremes that spiral farther and farther out of control as she struggles and grasps to attain and maintain. Explicit both sexually and in terms of the extreme on-screen violence, DREAM HOME takes Hong Kong’s history of cult Category III cinema and gives it a savage makeover, the blood flowing freely as the knives come out and sensitive body parts are removed. But DREAM HOME also aims higher than simple shock value. Pang and Ho fuse the on-screen carnage with biting satire and social commentary that is every bit as savage as any of Ho’s on-screen acts. It’s a thinking person’s slasher movie, a film that wants to shock and repulse you while also making you think.

—Todd Brown

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