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Blood Money: Woman's Desire and Consumption in Ermo

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As the syringe sticking out of her arm slowly fills with blood, Ermo begs the nurse to stop. The nurse ignores her until she finishes and then, handing Ermo a slip of paper, dismisses her with: "Collect your money." Not until this moment does Ermo realize that her blood donation was actually a blood transaction. From then on she frequently returns to the hospital to sell her blood, each week growing weaker, but each week coming a step closer to her goal: having enough money to buy the biggest television set around

Keywords: Ermo; Zhou Xiaowen; blood; commodity fetishism; film; money; satire

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Trinity College

Publication date: September 1, 2001

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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