Commodity City

Commodity City

Yiwu International Trade City is the world's largest market, selling cheap goods wholesale in a city south of Shanghai. The fake flowers, toys, pens and alarm clocks traded in Yiwu eventually end up in dollar stores across the planet, but I focus on the people who sell these goods that we take for granted. As a character study of the market itself, the film peers into the lives of those who run this global trade. The sellers, full of life and individuality, live against the uniformly oppressive backdrop of their livelihood. A somber man painstakingly counts tiny metal parts on his desk in a pen shop. A business lady sweet talks one of her customers, peppering him with insults and compliments, but in between the buying and selling, vendors all find different ways to pass the time in this gigantic mall. A mother yells at a group of young boys, berating them for losing a toy. A man in a suit hums along to a haunting song waiting for a customer as the clocks he is selling tick away. Two young siblings play a video game while lazily eating KFC from the bucket, licking their fingers. While these stories seem small and insignificant, in the context of the film, the dialogue and actions take on new weight and meaning, elevating the quotidian to a realm of discovery.

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Running Time
11 minutes
Jessica Kingdon
USA, China
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «Commodity City» (35)

Christine avatar

I can say that this Jessica Kingdon masterpiece is one of my favorite films of all time! Everything in this film is absolutely beautiful.

Martha L. avatar
Martha L.

It’s really been a long time since iv seen a movie this damn good.

Russell Y. avatar
Russell Y.

What an exciting movie. I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie is.

Judy T. avatar
Judy T.

Love Jessica Kingdon, this didn't disappoint!

Catherine Johnston avatar
Catherine Johnston

No one should have missed this movie, you ought to watch it!

Cheryl M. avatar
Cheryl M.

I can say, that it was the best movie I have ever seen. Once the movie began I didn't want the end.

Amy Sandoval avatar
Amy Sandoval

I highly recommend. Has a great story line.

Patrick avatar

Cute movie. Loved it. Well played out