Home Sweet Home (2005 film)

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Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home poster.jpg
Film poster
Traditional 怪物
Simplified 怪物
Mandarin Guài Wù
Cantonese Gwaai3 Mat6
Directed by Cheang Pou-soi
Produced by Cheang Pou-soi
Stanley Tong
Lawrence Cheng
Chan Man
Written by Szeto Kam-Yuen
Nicoll Tang
Starring Shu Qi
Karena Lam
Alex Fong
Music by Raymond Wong
Tommy Wai
Cinematography Wong Wing-hung
Edited by Angie Lam
Distributed by Panorama Distributions
Release dates
  • 27 October 2005 (2005-10-27)
Running time 93 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
Cantonese
Box office HK$4,552,960.00

Home Sweet Home is a 2005 Hong Kong horror film directed by Cheang Pou-soi, starring Shu Qi, Karena Lam and Alex Fong.

Plot[edit]

May moves into a new apartment in Hong Kong with husband Ray and son Chi Lo. During the move in, Chi Lo and May see a hideously-deformed being. They told Ray what they had seen and he suggests moving out. Having already paid a lot for their new home, May decides that they should remain.

One day, May takes Chi Lo to a neighbor's birthday party for fun. During this time, Chi Lo is kidnapped by the hideous being, revealed to be an insane woman who mistakes the boy as her own son. After informing the police, May and Ray begin searching the complex. In the parking garage, Ray is stabbed by the deformed woman with a makeshift knife, critically wounding him and is later rushed to the hospital.

With her neighbors refusing to help, May is forced to continue the search alone. While searching through the complex's air ducts and nearly being attaked by the deformed woman, she falls through a vent cover leading to the outside of the complex and is knocked out upon hitting the ground. A second attempt involves the help of a dog which quickly picks up the woman's scent, tracking her to a rooftop. The dog scares Chi-Lo and is killed by the deformed woman but not before biting off one of her fingers. When May arrives, she ends up collecting the severed finger from the dog's mouth.

May then brings the finger to the detective working on the case. Through fingerprint testing, they were able to identify the deformed woman as Yan Hong, who had lived with her husband and son Yung-wen, as well as Hong Kong's poorest residents, in the same area of the apartment complex years ago when it still a squatter area. When the city's government tried to reclaim the area, a riot ensures and Yan's husband is killed in a subsequent explosion. Despite the squatters cleared out, Yan returns there with Yung-wen to continue their lives. After Yung-wen is killed by falling debris while looking for food, Yan leaves the area and would return sometime after the new apartment is completed, unaware that her son is dead and slowly becoming insane over what had occurred.

May decides to lure out Yan by printing copies of the latter's picture and throw them in the complex's air ducts. Yan sees them and, attacks May in her apartment, ordering the latter to return her son. While May tries to tell her that her son died years ago, Chi Lo then arrives and Yan takes him out of the apartment while fighting off May. Back in the complex's utility systems, Yan sees a vision of her dead husband, begging her to let go of their "home" that no longer exists. Upon seeing a reflection of her deformed self in the glass door of an electrical grid, she smashes it, causing a blackout throughout the entire complex.

Once May sees a cloth that belongs to Chi Lo floating down from the sky, she quickly realizes they are on the rooftop. After fighting through the police who were sent to investigate the blackout, she comes across them preparing to jump off. May quickly stops them and attacks Yan for kidnapping and traumatizing Chi Lo. While May and her son embrace, Yan jumps off the rooftops to her death, wanting to reunite with her family in the afterlife.

As the screen goes black, Chi Lo can be heard asking, "Mom, would you abandon me?", as to when both May and Wan can be heard replying, "Of course not, not even if you abandon me."

Cast[edit]

  • Shu Qi as May
  • Karena Lam as Yan Hong
  • Alex Fong as Ray
  • Ho Tam-chun as Cheng Chi-lo / Chan Yung-wen
  • Lam Suet as Lo Wai
  • Rocky Li as Chan Kin-shing
  • Matt Chow as Mr Chan
  • Yan Chau-hin as Mrs Chan
  • Lisa Togo as Daisy
  • Koan Hui as Mr Lok
  • Fanny Lee as Mrs Lok
  • Cheung Sin-ying as Lok's daughter
  • Keung Tam-chang as Mr Yeung
  • Chan Wun-wun as Mrs Yeung
  • Danny Wong
  • Lee Yiu-tong as Property agent
  • Lo Pui-kit as Yeung's daughter
  • Winna as Chans' maid
  • Kong Kwok-leung
  • Kwan Wai-kin
  • Choy Man-kai
  • Au Seung-yan
  • Yip Kim-fei
  • Kiu Fu-man
  • Chan Hai-mo
  • Chiu Lan-tui
  • Victy Wong
  • Yeung Chi
  • Wong Sai-keung
  • Lee Oi-kwok
  • Lam Yat-biu
  • Lam Chun-yan
  • Lam Pui-chun
  • Wong Chi-lan
  • Ng Hoi-ying
  • Tse Cheung-chong
  • Yeung Kai-kwong
  • Tse Wing-wah
  • Cheung Ka-wah
  • Hoh Ho-kwong
  • Hong Hing-cheung
  • Cheung Siu-hung
  • Ng Chung-kai
  • Leung Kwai-heung
  • Anthony Tam
  • Cheung Hiu-hin
  • Siu Hung

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