Property values – that great middle class dinner party discussion topic of choice – and the slasher movie may not seem to be ideal bedfellows but prolific Hong Kong Chinese director Pang Ho-cheung (Isabella, Exodus) certainly brings a steady hand to the fusion.
Allegedly based on a true story from 2007, months before the banking collapse, Dream Home follows the gruesome trajectory of hard working young lady Cheng (Josie Ho) as she attempts to buy her dream flat overlooking the harbour. In flashback we find out that her obsession with a sea view property goes back to her childhood and that she will stop at nothing to own a place of her own. Inflation and seller greed inevitably conspire against her and she decides to take matters into her own hands.
What Pang’s film lacks in characterisation and believable motivation it more than makes up for in mischievous abandon. The violence is brilliantly inventive and the final pay-off is a killer. Consciously or unconsciously Pang’s film may just be the first of many films to question the legitimacy of brutal retribution against the generation who created an international debt that a younger generation are going to have to pay for long into the future. Its anarchistic spirit is refreshing, its morals repellent, its trail is bloody indeed.
Selected release, Fri 19 Nov.