Wuyong (Useless)
Wuyong (Useless) (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 3, 2007
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Derek Elley

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

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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Kevin B. Lee
Slant Magazine

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.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

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

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