Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 7th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Taiwan, 2008
Director: Lee Kang-Sheng
Writer: Lee Kang-Sheng
Cast: Kang-sheng Lee, Jane Liao, Dennis Nieh, Ivy Yi
DVD released: July 22nd, 2008
Approximate running time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin
DVD Release: Strand Releasing
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.99
Synopsis: Suicidal after losing his job, girlfriend and worldly possessions Ah Jie finds a reason to live when he meets a young woman named Shin.
Help Me Eros was directed, written and stars Kang-sheng Lee as Ah Jie a suicidal young man whose main purpose in life is growing and smoking Marihuana. When Ah Jie is not smoking Marihuana he talks online to a young woman named “Little Cookie” who he when he called a suicide help line. His internet user name is “Marihuana is God”. The woman he is talking to is an overweight woman whose cross dressing husband feeds her to keep her plump and out of his hair while he spends time with another man. Ah Jie mistakes Little Cookie’s for her friend who is pictured with her in her internet avatar. Little Cookie wanting someone love her continues the charade that the skinny women pictured is her when Ah Jie asks her who the fat girl is. Below the apartment is a nightclub with booths outside were the girls dress provocatively and slide down stripper poles with the customers orders. One of the girl’s that works in one of these booths named Shin becomes romantically involved with Ah Jie.
That evolution of Ah Jie’s relationship with Shin doomed from the start with Ah Jie growing obsession with Marijuana being the catalyst for pushing Shin away. Visually Help Me Eros is a beautifully photographed film filled with erotically charged imagery. The films slow pacing and vivid imagery give the story a dream like quality. The two scenes that stand out most for me are a scene where the film’s main theme plays while Shin and her co-workers dance erotically. The other moment visually that is striking is the scene were Ah Jie and several of Shin’s co-workers smoke Marijuana before having an all out orgy. Ah Jie’s journey is not an easy ride. The film’s narrative may test many viewers pacing with its slow deliberate pacing. Performance wise all the cast are very good with the standout performance being Jane Liao as Chyi “Little Cookie”. Ultimately Help Me Eros is a bleak tale about sex, drugs and loneliness.
Help Me Eros is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Overall Strand Releasing does a good job with the transfer that looks detailed and colorful. The transfer is interlaced. The image looks stable and there are no problems with artifacts or compression.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Mandarin. The audio is clean and clear. English subtitles have been included and they are not removable. The subtitles are error free and easy to follow.
Extras for this release are limited to a trailer for Help Me Eros and trailers for four other titles available on DVD from Strand Releasing. Overall Help Me Eros gets an above average release that leaves room for a more definitive release of the film.