DREAM HOME

Dream Home
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DREAM HOME



Written by Hannah Grantz
01 Monday 01st November 2010

 

Cheng Lai-Sheung (played by Josie Ho) works two jobs back-to-back, both as an annoying salesperson who calls during all the wrong hours of the day, and a clerk in a clothing store. She doesn’t have the greatest of lives, playing second to a boyfriend’s pregnant wife and constantly coming up short to buy her Dream Home with a water view in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Her frustrations, as, admit it, we’re all guilty of being unable to control at times, finally get the best of her when the sellers of a now within-reach living space decide to raise their asking price. Amidst flashbacks to childhood nightmares and adulthood mishaps, Cheng dismantles faces, fingers, organs, and babies, among anything else that can be slashed during her spree of rage.
 
 
Writer and director Pang Ho-Cheung presents an excellent display of a woman’s frustrations when she can’t get what she wants, but doesn’t do so very mildly. He also scares the crap out of any man or woman who may dare to stand in the way of a passionate and eager lunatic. Josie Ho’s character opens Dream Home with a scene I will only confess to watching parts of, the parts when I mistakenly reopened my eyes after I thought the bloody, gory, disgusting mess was off the screen. In it’s 96-minute entirety you’ll see everything from a zipline strangling to vacuum bag suffocation, but most weapons of choice have been accumulated from Cheng’s dying father’s tool set. Oh, and a borrowed butcher knife. Classy.
 
 
I wish I could say I was the only person or squeemish girl in the audience, keeling over at the sight of body organs falling onto floors and knives being pulled out of ankles, but that wouldn’t be true at all. Men, big and strong looking men at that, were also spotted several times shielding their eyes and grasping their bellies. The struggle between not looking at the death bodies but still trying to read the subtitles at the same time was really quite a challenge. If you’re up for it, and want to test your gag reflexes, go see the bloody Dream Home on its 19 November UK release.
 
 
Be sure to skip your lunch break that day.  If not, take a barf bag. You’ll thank me for the warning.
 

 

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