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109 Ratings



Directed by Jia Zhangke
China, Hong Kong, 2007


An unusual and beautifully meditative portrait of an artist and her connection to the society around her.

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Useless Directed by Jia Zhangke

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2007 | 2 wins including: Horizons Award

Village Voice Film Poll

2007 | 2nd place: Best Undistributed Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2007 | 2nd place: Best Undistributed Film

Critics reviews

In this promotional film from 2007 commissioned by the fashion designer Ma Ke, the Chinese director Jia Zhangke eludes the genre’s constraints to provide a revelatory documentary view of inner and outer life in contemporary China.
January 05, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • francisca bacon's rating of the film Useless

    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.

  • azoulay's rating of the film Useless

    Ce n'est pas un documentaire, c'est un constat désespéré et ici la Chine est le miroir du monde. Regarde bosser ceux qui fabriquent nos fringues, ils s'usent. Regarde les pauvres, les mineurs et leurs couturières, ce monde-là va disparaitre il meurt. Au centre la styliste chinoise riche qui pense penser le monde et qui intitule sa collection "inutile". Le film est beau comme la vérité. Bravo Jia Zhangke

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