Coffin Homes

Coffin Homes

Hong Kong | 2021 | 111 min | Fruit Chan

April 14 - 24, 2022

Auteur Fruit Chan (Made in Hong Kong, Dumplings) sets his satiric sights on the Hong Kong real estate crisis, intertwining three humorous, horrific tales of housing filled with ghosts, gonzo gore, and contract law.

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Fruit Chan’s Coffin Homes is a funny, bizarre, and oftentimes surreal horror comedy. It is also a biting commentary on the dire state of the real-estate market in modern Hong Kong and the city’s widening class divide. Coffin Homes weaves together three stories: One follows Jimmy (Wong You-nam), a struggling property agent trying to sell a haunted apartment where he is also squatting. Another follows Mr. Lam (Tai Bo), the manager of a subdivided urban “coffin home,” a tiny living space (also haunted) which continues to be subdivided into smaller units. The third, invoking major Creepshow vibes, follows a wealthy family fighting over an inheritance after the death of the family matriarch-turned-undead monster (Susan Siu Yam-yam). Fruit Chan drives up the horror element in Coffin Homes to an impeccably executed, cartoonish level, emphasizing the purgatory of capitalism which not even the dead can escape. Coffin Homes is a wild ride full of gore, humor, and unblinking satire, offering a glimpse into the absurdity of real-estate prices and the lengths people must go to in order to survive in the city.

Colleen O’Holleran

  • Original Language Title: 鬼同你住
  • Director: Fruit Chan
  • Principal Cast: Wong You-nam, Tai Bo, Paul Carr, Li Hoi Lam Marek
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 111 min
  • Producer: Fruit Chan, Doris Yang
  • Screenplay: Lam Kee To Jason
  • Cinematographers: Benny Chan
  • Editors: Tin Sub Fat
  • Music: Tsui Chin Hung
  • Filmography: The Abortionist (2019), Kill Time (2016), Dumplings (2004), Made in Hong Kong (1997), Finale in Blood (1993)
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Edko Films Ltd.