Useless is an unusual and beautifully meditative portrait of an artist and her connection to the society around her.
While a student at the Beijing Film Academy, Jia would make three short films to hone his skills. The first, a ten minute short documentary on tourists in Tiananmen Square entitled One Day in Beijing, was made in 1994 on self-raised funds. Though Jia has referred to his first directorial effort as inconsequential and “naive”, he also described the short day and half shoot as “excitement…difficult to express in words.” But it was Jia’s second directorial effort, the short film Xiao Shan Going Home (1995), that would bring him to the attention of the film world. It was a film that helped establish Jia’s style and thematic interests and, in Jia’s words, was a film that “truly marks the beginning of my career as a filmmaker.” Xiao Shan would eventually to screen abroad where it won a top prize at the 1997 Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards. More significantly, the film’s success brought Jia in contact with cinematographer Yu Lik-wai and… read more
ma ke does with her clothes what jurgen reble does with his film: to fully emerge as individualities, they first have to go throgh a gestative period inside earth's womb, to be reborn by it. apart from this, the film is also about the extinction od a profession, that of tailor, one of the hundreds disappeared with the rise of mass production. as designer names grow bigger and stronger, small-scale sewers go bankrupt.