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Ermo (1994)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  8 June 1995 (USA)
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A woman gets obsessed with buying a television for her family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liya Ai ...
Peiqi Liu ...
Zhijun Ge ...
Ermo's husband
Haiyan Zhang ...
Blindman's wife
Zhenguo Yan ...
Huzi, Ermo's Son
Xiao Yang ...
Xiazi's Daughter
Shengxia Yang
Zhi Yanyan
Shen Enshen
Baochang Chen
Jun Wu
Hui Du
Li Yong'gui
Songhai Gao
Wenming Yang


Women's roles and consumerism in a Chinese village. The independent Ermo supports her son and disabled husband, rising early to make noodles she sells as a street vendor. A snooty neighbor has a TV, so Ermo wants a huge one. The neighbor's husband, Blindman, offers her transport to sell baskets she's made. After he gets her a city job making restaurant noodles and more money, their relationship becomes an affair. She's also selling her blood. When she discovers Blindman is subsidizing her pay, she throws the money at him and quits the job; he covers their affair and her reputation by getting beaten up over a woman in the city. When she has enough for the TV, she's exhausted. Written by <>

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Touching story that really happened in China
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As a matter of fact, it happened quite frequently in China. This is the struggle of common people who were near the bottom of the society, without wealth or status. They do not desire much, a television set would be very satisfactory and they work diligently to accomplish their goals, and eventually success in the little progress made in improving their lives.

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