6.2/10
918
11 user 16 critic

Bang bang wo ai shen (2007)

Unrated | | Drama | 11 January 2008 (Taiwan)
Ah Jie lost everything in the stock market due to a severe economic crisis. He spends his days in his sealed apartment, smoking joints and looking after the marijuana plants that he ... See full summary »

Director:

Kang-sheng Lee

Writer:

Kang-sheng Lee
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Bu jian (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A grandmother is looking for her grandson, a teenager for his grandfather.

Director: Kang-sheng Lee
Stars: Yi-Ching Lu, Chieh Chang, Tien Miao
Hei yan quan (2006)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A day laborer is badly beaten, and a young man nurses him back to health.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Norman Atun
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A watch salesman meets a young woman soon leaving for Paris and becomes infatuated, so he begins to change all the clocks in Taipei to Paris time.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Yi-Ching Lu
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hsiao-Kang, now working as a pornographic actor, meets Shiang-chyi once again. Meanwhile, the city of Taipei faces a water shortage that makes the sales of watermelons skyrocket.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Yi-Ching Lu
Visage (2009)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Hsiao-Kang, a Taiwanese film director, travels to the Louvre in Paris, France, to shoot a film that explores the Salomé myth.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Yi-Ching Lu, Fanny Ardant
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On a dark, wet night a historic and regal Chinese cinema sees its final film. Together with a small handful of souls they bid "Goodbye, Dragon Inn."

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Kiyonobu Mitamura
Vive L'Amour (1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Three lonely young denizens of Taipei unknowingly share an apartment used for sexual trysts.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Chao-jung Chen, Kang-sheng Lee, Kuei-Mei Yang
He liu (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young man develops severe neck pain after swimming in a polluted river; his dysfunctional parents are unable to provide any relief for him or themselves.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Tien Miao, Kang-sheng Lee, Yi-Ching Lu
Closeness (2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In the late-1990s squalid town of Nalchik, a poor young Jewish couple is kidnapped and a grievous ransom is demanded, as bitter resentments and cruel dilemmas come to light, magnifying the small community's grave predicament.

Director: Kantemir Balagov
Stars: Atrem Cipin, Olga Dragunova, Veniamin Kac
Dong (1998)
Drama | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

While never-ending rain and a strange disease spread by cockroaches ravage Taiwan, a plumber makes a hole between two apartments and the inhabitants of each form a unique connection, enacted in musical numbers.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Kuei-Mei Yang, Kang-sheng Lee, Tien Miao
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Within the urban gloom of Taipei, four youths face alienation, loneliness, and moments of existential crisis amidst a series of minor crimes.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Chao-jung Chen, Chang-Bin Jen, Kang-sheng Lee
Wu wu mian (2015)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Journey To The West with Lee-Kang-Sheng continuing his tortuous journey here. Tsai Ming-Liang at his best. Watch it on YouTube.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Stars: Masanobu Andô, Kang-sheng Lee
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Kang-sheng Lee ... Ah Jie
Hui-Jen Liao ... Chyi
Dennis Nieh ... Ah Rong
Ivy Yin ... Shin
Edit

Storyline

Ah Jie lost everything in the stock market due to a severe economic crisis. He spends his days in his sealed apartment, smoking joints and looking after the marijuana plants that he secretly grows in his wardrobe. In desperation, he calls a suicide helpline and gets to know Chyi, whose sweet and gentle voice causes him to fall in love with his fantasized image of her. He tries to ask her out but is repeatedly rejected. He begins projecting his fantasy of Chyi on Shin, the new girl working at the betel nut stall downstairs. Shin is always sexily dressed in order to lure male customers. Ah Jie becomes closer to her and soon the two of them sink into a world of erotic and psychedelic pleasures. At the same time, Ah Jie begins to stalk Chyi. Written by Fortissimo Films

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

11 January 2008 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Eros, Ajuda-me! See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Homegreen Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Nutshell Review: Help Me Eros
13 July 2008 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

I've got to admit that while I find it difficult to enjoy the works of Tsai Ming-liang and his protégé Lee Kang-sheng, there's still something about it that still draws me to their movies, perhaps in a determined attempt to try and cut through the usual droning of themes like alienation and loneliness, to discover if there's anything else that I could connect to and hang on for the duration of the movie. I thought I'd find something here, but unfortunately it degenerated into something quite messy midway, before some redemption in the finale afforded some relief.

Telling the story of Ah Jie, Lee himself plays the protagonist who in a stroke of a bear market, was reduced to a pauper, having his assets like his home and car impounded by the authorities. Does it deter him? Of course not, as he still goes back to the pound to drive away his vehicle, and continues to ignore the seal outside his apartment. He sells his belongings in an effort to try and raise whatever little cash he can, and in his idle time, he tends to his high-grade homegrown marijuana plants, which he cultivates and smokes to get high in his own little escapism from the hardships of life.

In an attempt to connect, he befriends plenty of betel-nut beauties (one played by Yin Shin as Shin), and stalks whom he thinks is Chyi, a lady he got to know from his calls to a sex-chat hotline, allowing him to fantasize about the hot chick with the hot voice. It's really quite pathetic though, because I thought it's always ironic that hot voices over a telephone line belong to someone other than can be labelled shallowly with the term "hot". Or at least Help Me Eros plays along this line of generalization. The betel-nut beauties on the other hand, is a trade that follows the mantra of skimpier clothes leading to better patronage, and some 10 years ago when I was in Taiwan, this is a phenomenon that's quite true, as you pass by booths set up along highways, and these ladies in their various state of undress, try to entice you for a stop to get your regular packet of cigarettes, or to get into the habit of chewing the equivalent of gum.

But this is not just a story about Ah Jie, as the real Chyi (played by Jane Liao) is the other character placed under the spotlight. She's horizontally challenged, no thanks to the various delicacies that her cook husband Ah Rong (Dennis Nieh) concocts as part of his television food programme. And indeed, it is this portion of the movie that I found much more intriguing, as it was almost documentary like. There were some nicely down parallels between how the food was prepared and designed, and the state of the characters. Like when we're introduced to Ah Jie, we see a live fish being slaughtered in an inhumane manner, clobbered in the head, before having its body cut out, and when presented on the plate, it's still bloody alive, gasping for air. I can't imagine anyone having the stomach to eat it, and this desperation in staying alive, prepares us for Ah Jie's character who is at wits end.

Chyi too finds herself pretty lonely with a husband who perhaps found a new love (with a guy), and while she dispenses advice over the phone, she's clearly in need of some herself. Lacking intimacy in her life, she had to resort to getting it on with a bathtub of eels. Yup, you heard me right. In fact, those expecting some eroticism might find a number of such scenes here being quite unsexy, despite its R21 rating, perhaps having those highly offensive ones edited away. Some old uncles expected to see plenty of naked flesh, but in art film fashion, these have been dealt with so nicely that they can't help but to walk off.

I learnt for starters to appreciate such a film, not to try and look at it as a whole, but to enjoy the moment, where strengths of individual scenes surpass one trying to find deeper meaning in something. Particularly enjoyable scenes include one which Ah Jie and Shin go on a joyride and having their pictures taken (you must check this out), and the ending which like many other surreal scenes in the movie, paints a very dream-like, picturesque postcard portrait.


5 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed