2001-2010ChinaDocumentaryZhangke Jia

Zhangke Jia – Wuyong AKA Useless (2007)

Observations of three varied corners of China’s garment industry: workers in a large-scale production line factory; a designer who rallies against the mass-machine-production of clothes and has created the eponymous hand-made collection called ‘Useless’ (Wuyong) for Paris Fashion Week; and finally the simple life of increasingly out-of-work tailors in small town Fengdang.

Award-winning Sixth Generation director Jia Zhangke’s 2007 documentary Useless weaves a three-part tale about the Chinese clothing industry. The documentary opens in the textile factories of Guangdong, where workers hunch over massive machines day in day out for low pay, before moving to Paris where fashion designer Ma Ke is unveiling her new collection of organic, avant-garde, haute couture designs. Running counter to the clothing industry’s culture of mass production and reproduction, her new line “Wu Yong”, meaning “Useless”, lends the film its title, and forms the heart of the documentary. The third act of the film travels to a tailor shop in a dusty mining town in Shanxi. Using a down-to-earth montage of people and places, Useless brings out the significance of clothing, and the different faces and sectors of modern China.


Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	1 h 24 min
Size: 	1.02 GiB
Codec: 	x264
Resolution: 	716x480 ~> 853x480
Aspect ratio:  	16:9
Frame rate: 	23.976 fps
Bit rate: 	1 510 kb/s
BPP: 	0.183
#1:  	Chinese 2.0ch AC-3 @ 192 kb/s


Subtitles:English, Korean

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