Hard Good Life II is a work that comes from the heart. Since the director learned how to hold a camera, she had gazed at her father through the lens all the time.
This film is a memory of her father. After her father got cancer, they went through all kinds of treatment together, including loss or gain, hope or sorrow.
This unbreakable connection supported them to the very last moment and never faded away.
- Audience's Choice Award - 2009 Women Make Waves FF
- Jury Special Prize for Taiwan Award - 2008 Taiwan International Documentary Festival
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How to present the absurdity of existence? The only way is to keep throwing myself into an obscure state between reality and fiction, and to capture the real that peeks out the gap.
Hsu Hui-Ju was born in Kaohsiung in 1975. Her first film BUTTER-FLY (2001) was awarded by the S-An Culture Foundation as the best creative documentary film. Since then, her second film HARD GOOD LIFE (2003) won New Asian Currents Awards of Excellence at Yamagata International Documentary FF in 2003. Her third film INSIDE (2005) was invited to the South Taiwan Film & Video Festival. Her film HARD GOOD LIFE II (2008) was awarded by Taiwan International Documentary FF with a Special Jury Prize and was also nominated by Visions du Reel. Her latest film is THE TUNNEL (2020), and was selected at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020.