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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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Comedy | Drama


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Hong Kong | China



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8 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China


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Very light satire
21 November 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Ermo makes and sells twisted noodles to feed her husband and her child. When her neighbour buys a TV and is the talk of the village Ermo sets out to buy the biggest TV in the town to outdo her. She works overnights, she gives blood etc in an effort to save the necessary money.

This is essentially a satire on commercialism and greed - i.e. the onset of Western culture on the East. This shows Ermo working herself to exhaustion trying to get this TV, the TV being the model of happiness and height of aspiration. During the film we see her suffer while chasing this dream and she finds herself doing things that affect her and her family detrimentally.

As a film this is very slight. It doesn't have an amazing plot but it is interesting and quite funny in places, but it really operates best as a message rather than a film. It is a clear swipe at the values of the West and their effect on the Eastern culture, with a downbeat conclusion. The performances are good, Ermo carries the whole film well and her husband is totally believable. Blindman is a key character and his wife provides some laughs.

Overall this is more of a message than a film, but it is quite entertaining without shouting it's message at you

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