Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Ermo (Zhou, 1994)

I rented this movie because the box said it was a comedy, and I was curious to see if the notoriously turpid Chinawood (no disrespek early 90s Zhang Yimou) could actually make something that crackled. Or at least make me laugh.

Ahem. This is a movie about a peasant woman who wants to make noodles so she can buy a 29" television set for her family. Yes, I suppose you could consider this a trenchant critique of the way consumer culture invaded rural, post-Mao China, but at one point in the movie, I turned on my computer, started reading the Internet, and was still bored. At another point, I imagined I smelled something rotting in my kitchen just so I could get up.

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