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Dream Home

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2227

Josie Ho in Dream Home

Josie Ho in Dream Home


Dream Home, a violent Hong Kong satire, is pointedly set during the property market boom—just before the 2008 collapse.

The camera soars around the city’s tower blocks, which are rendered almost abstract.

Cheng Lai-Sheung (Josie Ho) endures a soulless job cold-calling people to offer loans they can’t afford. But she dreams of owning a posh sea-view flat.

Flashbacks show how her family was shunted out with the rest of the poor by expensive housing developments. We see her builder father on his deathbed because his medical insurance won’t pay for an operation.

Driven to desperation Cheng comes up with a gruesome solution.

Unfortunately, the stomach churning murders that follow stick in the memory more than the witty plot that raises this above the average slasher film.

Dream Home. Directed by Pang Ho‑Cheung
Selected cinemas from 12 November
English subtitles


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