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Hard Good Life 1

Director :
Year :
2003

Country: 

  • Taiwan
Color :
Color
Running Time :
43 min
  • Family
  • Generation
  • Youth
  • Senior

Introduction

A “Hard Good Life” is an almost wordless film portraying the life of an elderly widowed father and his relationship with his daughter (the director). With hardly any dialogue the film still quietly and sensitively depicts the repetitive and boring daily routines of the father as he goes about his life, providing us with a “kind of lifescape”. It is a lonely and depressing life that can easily appear absent of meaning, yet it is still a life. As Hsu comments “Even if it’s not tasty, a meal which you cannot distinguish as meat, vegetables, noodles, or whatever, will at least fill you up for sure. I suppose that is what it means to live.”

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2nd to 5th image Copyright © HSU Hui-ju. All Rights Reserved.

Director Statement

Hard Good Life is a document of the almost wordless relationship between my father and me. Though there is hardly any dialogue throughout the whole film and it seems that there’s no communication between our lives, the editing process connected us to one another, and something like tolerance and harmony forms, although we are by nature not so close. The situation of each life emerges—lonely, but at the same time dependent on the other.

This film is trying to depict a kind of lifescape. Through the boring and repetitive but indispensable elements of the daily routine, after first accumulating the warmth and energy of life and eliminating trivial matters, it tries to see the pure relationship between one person and another, and between people and their surroundings.

In a truthful life, acting from one depressing and lonely day to another may not look like anything meaningful, but that is everything about life. Even if it’s not tasty, a meal which you cannot distinguish as meat, vegetables, noodles, or whatever, will at least fill you up for sure.

I suppose that is what it means to live.

Source: YIDFF
http://www.yidff.jp/2003/cat037/03c064-e.html

Awards

2003 Doc Buenos Aires - International Documentary Film Festival
2003 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival - Award of Excellence for New Asian Currents Awards
2003 Doc Buenos Aires - International Documentary Film Festival
2003 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival - Award of Excellence for New Asian Currents Awards

Team

  • Director
  • Editor
  • Producer
  • Cinematographer
  • Distribution
  • Production
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