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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
10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




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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Comedy | Drama


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Even peasants have to keep up with the Jones'
6 August 2002 | by visagruntSee all my reviews

A wonderful film.

Ermo ("Second Girl")--a woman not even given a proper name--never wavers from her quest. Her singleminded pursuit is both heartening--as we come see her drive and self-discipline; and heartbreaking--as she, and we, see it for the empty goal it is.

For Westerner's, who rarely see China beyond Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and more rarely Xian and Kuilin, this film gives a rare insight into the life of the countryside. "Socialism with Chinese characteristics" is creating ever more women and men like Ermo.

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8 June 1995 (USA) See more »

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Έρμο See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China


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