Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
Taiwanese filmmaker Lee Kang-Sheng voices his growing dissatisfaction with consumer culture in this tale of a man sunken into a deep depression after losing all of his money in the stock market. There once was a time when Ah Jie (Lee) could afford to fill his luxurious apartment with the best designer furniture that money could buy, but these days the items that once signaled his status are now just painful reminders of the past that slipped away so easily. Continually puffing on joints rolled from the numerous marijuana plants he grows, Ah Jie later phones in to a helpline and soon begins baring his soul to volunteer counselor Chyi (Jane Liao). In the course of their conversation Ah Jie falls a little in love with his virtual savior, but she is just a voice on the telephone and nearby betel nut girl Shin (Yin Shin) is a more tangible companion. But while sex with Shin offers Ah Jie a momentary reprieve from his deep malaise, the pain of his bleak reality is never too far away.
alienation, depression, marijuana, stock-market, unhappiness