Wuyong (Useless) (2007)
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Three portraits of clothing: people who make them and people who wear them. A hot and humid day in Canton. Amid the thunderous noise of sewing machines, women work quietly under fluorescent lamps in a garment factory. The clothes they make will soon be shipped to unknown customers. Likewise, the future of each face along the assembly line is blurred. A wintry day in Paris. Chinese designer Ma Ke prepares her newly established brand "Wu Yong" to be launched in a spectacular show. An anti-fashion
Sep 3, 2007 Wide
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A documentary that's no more than a string of images, Useless is pretty much that.
But whether in Ma Ke's placid environs or amidst the squall of the machines, Jia's almost constantly moving camera seems to bring an elegiac tranquility to everything it observes.
Jia's empathetic close-ups -- thanks to Yu Lik Wai's masterful HD cinematography -- ground the film's portrait in individual experience.
The love and craft that went into Jia's earlier films are also apparent in 'Useless,' but exactly what he is saying, is not.
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