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Ermo (1994)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 8 June 1995 (USA)
A woman gets obsessed with buying a television for her family.


Xiaowen Zhou


Baoqi Xu (story), Lang Yun
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liya Ai Liya Ai ... Ermo
Peiqi Liu ... Blindman
Zhijun Ge Zhijun Ge ... Ermo's husband
Haiyan Zhang Haiyan Zhang ... Blindman's wife
Zhenguo Yan Zhenguo Yan ... Huzi, Ermo's Son
Xiao Yang Xiao Yang ... Xiazi's Daughter
Shengxia Yang Shengxia Yang
Zhi Yanyan Zhi Yanyan
Shen Enshen Shen Enshen
Baochang Chen Baochang Chen
Jun Wu Jun Wu
Hui Du Hui Du
Li Yong'gui Li Yong'gui
Songhai Gao Songhai Gao
Wenming Yang 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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A rare view of village life in China.
25 May 2001 | by nz manSee all my reviews

Although the story is simple, without gorgeous people and spectacular scenery, this film nevertheless captivated my wife and I with insights into daily life of villagers in northern China. In particular, we were amazed at the way in which Ermo kneads dough and presses it out for her 'twisty noodles'.

There is a clear message about the foibles of getting caught up in consumerism, but it does not have an anti-capitalist communist slant which would corrode the film's honest style.

If you enjoy seeing art house films, or like viewing other cultures, then try this film. The acting is solid and some humourous parts lighten the rather harsh life. Without the usual formula of sex, violence and car chases, this is a refreshing and very real film.

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8 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Έρμο See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China


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