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 designer, she abhors assembly lines. The trademark of her majestic line is based on first burying the clothes in dirt to allow nature and time to put the finishing touches on her work. A dusty day in the mining area of Fenyang. A small tailor's shop is patronized by miners who come for repairs, alterations and lively chats.
Art House & International , Documentary
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Critic Reviews for Wuyong (Useless)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

A documentary that's no more than a string of images, Useless is pretty much that.

Full Review… | September 10, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Jia's empathetic close-ups -- thanks to Yu Lik Wai's masterful HD cinematography -- ground the film's portrait in individual experience.

Full Review… | December 4, 2007
Lessons of Darkness

The love and craft that went into Jia's earlier films are also apparent in 'Useless,' but exactly what he is saying, is not.

Full Review… | October 20, 2007
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Useless is a shape-shifting work that overturns expectations at every turn and leaves behind an open-ended consideration of value -- of clothing, of human labor, of human life.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007
Slant Magazine

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