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Dream Home (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Josie Ho (Producer, Actor) | Pang Ho Cheung (Director) | Eason Chan | Norman Tsui
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After tackling genres like dark comedy and even family melodrama, director Pang Ho Cheung further extends the range of his filmography with the controversial slasher thriller Dream Home, also the explosive debut of 852 Films, founded by actress Josie Ho, actor-musician Conroy Chan, and Andrew Ooi. As co-producer and star, Ho takes on the role of a lifetime as a woman who will do just about anything to get her hands on her dream property. Pang - who co-write the script with Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan (Isabella) - cleverly breaks the story into fragments, inserting calm scenes of drama in between disturbing sequences of bloody carnage. Filled with disembowelments, slicing, and more ways of using household products than anyone would care to know, the film's extreme violence is so intense that walkouts and faintings have been reported at screenings around the world. However, Dream Home is more than just blood and guts. Chronicling the frustrations of an average Hong Kong citizen trying to own a home in the city's out-of-control real estate market, Dream Home is as much an extremely dark comedy as it is an angry indictment of contemporary Hong Kong.

On a quiet night, a woman breaks into the prestigious No. 1 Victoria Bay residential building and brutally murders its security guard. The ensuing flashbacks reveal that the woman is Sheung (Josie Ho), an average white-collar worker trying to save money for a unit in No. 1 Victoria Bay, despite her father's illness and the lack of support from her married boyfriend (Eason Chan). However, in a city where real estate prices continue to rise at an out-of-control pace, Sheung's opportunity is taken away by her unit's money-hungry owners. Determined to get her dream home, Sheung is forced to secure her home via the most extreme way possible - by murdering those that live near the flat (played by Michelle Ye, Sin Lap Man, Derek Tsang, Phat Chan, and Juno Mak).

This edition features the Hong Kong theatrical cut and comes with deleted scenes.

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Product Title: Dream Home (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 維多利亞壹號 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 维多利亚壹号 (Blu-ray) (香港版) ドリーム・ホーム (維多利亞壹號) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Dream Home (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Josie Ho (Actor) | Eason Chan | Norman Tsui | Lawrence Chou | Lo Hoi Pang | Paw Hee Ching | Juno Mak | Michelle Ye | Derek Tsang | Sin Lap Man | Felix Lok | Zhou Chu Chu (Actor) | Wang Ching (Actor) | Andrew Lin 何超儀 (Actor) | 陳 奕迅 | 徐少強 | 周 俊偉 | 盧海鵬 | 鮑起靜 | 麥浚龍 | 葉 璇 | 曾國祥 | 單立文 | 駱應鈞 | 周楚楚 (Actor) | 王青 (Actor) | 連凱 何超仪 (Actor) | 陈 奕迅 | 徐少强 | 周 俊伟 | 卢海鹏 | 鲍起静 | 麦浚龙 | 叶璇 | 曾国祥 | 单立文 | 骆应钧 | 周楚楚 (Actor) | 王青 (Actor) | 连凯 何超儀(ジョシー・ホー) (Actor) | 陳奕迅(イーソン・チャン) | 徐少強(チョイ・シウキョン) | 周俊偉(ローレンス・チョウ) | 廬海鵬(ロー・ホイパン) | 鮑起靜 (パウ・ヘイチン) | 麥浚龍(ジュノ・マック) | 葉璇 (ミッシェル・イップ) | 曾國祥(デレク・ツァン) | 單立文(シン・ラッマン) | Felix Lok | 周楚楚(チョウ・チュウチュウ) (Actor) | Wang Ching (Actor) | 連凱(アンドリュー・リェン) Josie Ho (Actor) | Eason Chan | Norman Tsui | Lawrence Chou | Lo Hoi Pang | Paw Hee Ching | Juno Mak | Michelle Ye | Derek Tsang | Sin Lap Man | Felix Lok | Zhou Chu Chu (Actor) | Wang Ching (Actor) | Andrew Lin
Director: Pang Ho Cheung 彭 浩翔 彭 浩翔 彭浩翔(パン・ホーチョン) Pang Ho Cheung
Producer: Josie Ho | Conroy Chan 何超儀 | 陳子聰 何超仪 | 陈子聪 何超儀(ジョシー・ホー) | 陳子聰 (コンロイ・チャン) Josie Ho | Conroy Chan
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2010-11-12
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: III
Duration: 95 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023628779

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* Special Features:
- Trailers
- Deleted Scenes

Director: Pang Ho Cheung

When she was a child, Cheng Lai-Sheung (Josie Ho) could see Hong Kong's famed Victoris harbour from her apartment. But as time passed, the old buildings in front of her home were demolished to make way for a huge residential project No.1 Victoria Bay' that now blocks her view. Increasingly disappointed and upset, she vowed to one day save up enough money for her family to move into 'No. 1 Victoria Bay' with a magnificent sea view.

In order to achieve her dream, Cheng has to work hard at two full-time jobs. She even goes as far as stealing customer data to sell to other companies. However, no matter how much she toils, she cannot earn enough to keep up with the forever out freach... until suddenly, it dawns on her: in order to get what she wants, she must take matters into her own hands.... even if it means getting her hands seriously bloody.
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Professional Review of "Dream Home (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 1, 2010

This professional review refers to Dream Home (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Dream Home is gory and gratuitous, and yet it aspires to do more. Pang Ho-Cheung's long-awaited film is an oddly-conceived beast - an extreme thriller that mixes social commentary with the sort of splatter experience that genre fans lust after. The mixture isn't totally effective; the film possesses a thoughtful, time-shifting structure that makes its violence more contemplative and less cathartic than one expects of a slasher film. Still, Dream Home is the work of an undeniably strong filmmaker, and an understanding of Pang Ho-Cheung goes a long way in aiding appreciation. And if the viewer has neither the time nor inclination to care about the things that Pang cares about? They get a sledge hammer, sweaty sex, spilled entrails, and some snipped-off body parts. Pang Ho-Cheung makes sure that there's something here for everyone. Except probably grandma.

Josie Ho produces and stars as Sheung, a wannabe homeowner who embarks on an impressive killing spree. We first meet her in 2007 when she offs her first victim, a security guard (Wong Ching) at high rise housing estate No. 1 Victoria Bay. Cue title card then flashbacks, where we're given glimpses of Sheung at different times in her life. Sometimes it's a few months back, sometimes it's her childhood, but the flashbacks spell out who she is and where she comes from, sometimes affectionately and sometimes depressingly. Despite some brushes with bad girl behavior (e.g., foul language as a child, bullying her younger brother), Sheung doesn't seem like a woman suffering extreme psychosis. She's had a tough but average life, living in rundown public housing and watching as the government and property developers take the homes of adjoining neighbors and, most especially, one of her childhood friends. Years later, No. 1 Victoria Bay springs up in its place, and Sheung fixates on it as the location of her future home.

The problem: she can't afford to live there. Few people can - one of many real and honest details about Hong Kong life that Pang Ho-Cheung highlights in Dream Home. The flashbacks give a cursory look at Sheung's life, depicting key incidents while providing a glimpse at her routine, sometimes demoralizing day-to-day. Her work is unfulfilling (cold-call phone sales plus a retail job), and she's involved with a married louse (Eason Chan) who won't even lend her money to help with an operation for her father (Norman Tsui). Meanwhile, the film regularly flashes forward to 2007, where Sheung continues her murder spree, moving from the security guard to a housewife (Michelle Ye) and her philandering husband (Sin Lap-Man), and then to the noisy upstairs neighbors (Lawrence Chou and Derek Tsang) who're set for some fun with a couple of mainland prostitutes (Song Xiaocheng and Zhou Chuchu). Obviously, something has upset Sheung so much that she's moved from cold-call sales to stabbing and slicing, and as the film jumps back and forth in time, the reason for her change slowly but surely surfaces.

Will Sheung's reason for becoming a pint-sized Jason Voorhees resonate with audiences worldwide? Possibly not, as they're very Hong Kong-specific. At its opening, Dream Home provides copious onscreen statistics about Hong Kong's ridiculous housing woes. For example, since 1997, Hong Kongers have seen a 1% increase in wages, while housing prices jumped 15% in 2007 alone. Sheung's breaking point ties into this explicitly told disparity, but it's not just housing prices that make Sheung a murderess, it's all the pressures of Hong Kong life – the materialism, the social pressure, and the incessant compromises - that push her over the edge. Pang reveals these details in a quiet and intense manner that any Hong Kong resident should be able to identify with. Combined with Yu Lik-Wai's claustrophobic lensing and Gabriele Roberto's sometimes cacophonic electronic score, the mood Pang creates is remarkable. Given everything, no matter how mundane, that Sheung goes through, there's no doubt that she should reach a breaking point.

However, Sheung's over-the-top response is somewhat problematic. Sheung's killing spree involves some dark and very creative kills, from a simple disembowelment to death by vacuum, bedframe and drug paraphernalia. Pang's use of everyday tools as killing instruments absolutely plays into his Hong Kong property theme, but is this level of extreme carnage really necessary? The violence is exceptionally sensationalistic, and if a viewer were to reject Dream Home due to its showy excess they would have every right to. Pang's social themes in Dream Home are not subtext; they're explicitly presented as the cause of Sheung's psychosis, and the ensuing over-the-top violence feels too gleefully arranged to be justified. Also, the violence is only visceral, with little emotional impact on the characters. Josie Ho conveys her character's subtle disintegration well, but when she kills, she's pretty much all business - and she probably shouldn't be. While her problems are felt and realistic, her solution enters the realm of gory fantasy.

Dream Home could easily polarize audiences, leaving only one segment fully satisfied: the people who dig Pang Ho-Cheung for his unapologetic love of the cinema. Film is a way for Pang to express who he is and what he cares about - and hey, he's a guy who cares about Hong Kong social issues AND nearly every film genre known to man, including slashers, low-budget kaiju and probably obscure European porn. It's not surprising for Pang to mix genres this way; Men Suddenly in Black and You Shoot, I Shoot both took real issues and exploited them for smart, winning satire. Dream Home attempts something similar with social drama and the slasher film, but maybe the lesson here is that the two genres are not easily combined. That doesn't mean Dream Home is a failure; it isn't. The concept may be flawed, but the execution is superlative. Pang's tension is superb, the effects from Fat Face are quality, and Pang's sure use of black humor is at times enthralling. This is a guy who can do a lot, and if Dream Home is intended as a showreel for a multi-talented director with his own way of doing things, then it's a good one. Either way, there's still gore and that'll do for some.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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