Dream Home

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"In a cut-throat property market, she'd kill for a harbour view."
  • NR
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 6.6  (5,786)

Dream Home is a gripping slasher film from Hong Kong that follows the story of a young woman named Cheng Lai-sheung, played by Josie Ho. She dreams of owning a luxurious apartment in the exclusive Victoria Bay area of Hong Kong but is constantly thwarted by the exorbitant price. Undeterred, Cheng is determined to acquire the apartment of her dreams at any cost.

The film begins with Cheng's early life, showing her as a lonely girl who grew up in a cramped apartment with her family in a poverty-stricken neighborhood. This is a stark contrast to the luxury high-rises that she longs for. The audience sees Cheng as an adult, now working long hours at a dead-end job in a plastic surgery clinic with the hope of saving up enough money to buy the apartment she always wanted.

But despite her hard work, she is again faced with disappointment when her latest offer for the apartment is rejected. This triggers Cheng's descent into madness, and the viewer is taken on a roller-coaster ride of gruesome murders, as Cheng takes revenge on those responsible for her misfortune.

The film, directed by Pang Ho-cheung, explores themes of class inequality, consumerism, and obsession. The story highlights the unequal distribution of wealth in Hong Kong's divided society, drawing attention to the living conditions of the working-class in contrast to the luxury apartments Cheng so craves. It also delves into the darker side of the human psyche and shows how obsession can consume and drive someone to extreme actions.

As the killings escalate, the police and media are bewildered and confused, finding no apparent motive for the horrific murders. The film builds towards a tense climax as the police close in on Cheng and her plans unravel around her.

The cinematography in Dream Home is exceptional, capturing the contrast of the urban and suburban landscapes of Hong Kong. The use of lighting and shadow creates a sense of dread and foreboding in several scenes, while the violence is realistic and graphic, making for a horror movie that lingers long after the viewing experience.

The acting in the movie is superb, with Josie Ho delivering a standout performance as Cheng Lai-sheung, portraying the character with a raw intensity and depth that maintains the viewer's engagement throughout the film. Supporting actress Ching Wong is also notable for her role as the journalist who brings the story to the public.

Overall, Dream Home is a well-crafted thriller that stands out for its exploration of contemporary themes and its commitment to producing high-quality horror. The movie is a must-watch for fans of the genre who want a film that is both engaging and thought-provoking.

Dream Home is a 2010 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 36 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.

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  • Release Date
    2010
  • MPAA Rating
    NR
  • Runtime
    1 hr 36 min
  • Language
    Cantonese
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (5,786)