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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 murder those that live near the flat (played by Michelle Ye, Sin Lap Man, Derek Tsang, Phat Chan, and Juno Mak).
|Product Title:||Dream Home (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 維多利亞壹號 (DVD) (台灣版) 维多利亚壹号 (DVD) (台湾版) Dream Home (DVD) (Taiwan Version) Dream Home (DVD) (Taiwan Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Josie Ho (Actor) | Eason Chan (Actor) | 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 (Actor) | 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 (Actor) | 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） (Actor) | 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 (Actor) | 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|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Package Weight:||115 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1032174638|
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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