Lim Giong, a Taiwanese music director, who has created film music for globally well-known film directors such as Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke, has been selected as the winner of Jecheon Asia Film Music Honorary Award 2019. He has built his own musical identity by blending ethnic elements and sensuous electronic music.
A multifaceted artist, Lim has worked not only as a music director but also as a songwriter, a composer, a DJ, and an actor. He started to collaborate with Hou Hsiao-hsien after acting in Hou’s film. The Puppetmaster (1993) was the first one; then he has played in Good Men, Good Women (1995) and Goodbye South, Goodbye (1996). Later he had a chance to be in charge of the music of Millennium Mambo (2001) and The Assassin (2015). He also has worked with eminent Chinese directors such as Jia Zhangke and Jie Liu. He has been an outstanding music director in Chinese speaking film and music industry.
Right after Lim’s debut, he drew attention for adding ethnic color ono electronic sound and showed exceptional performances. His debut song “Marching Forward,” sung in traditional Taiwanese, was popular and albums [China Fun] and [Folk Paradise] received acclaimed reviews from critics. For his outdoor performance at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, he performed live music together with images of the National Palace Museum’s collection.
He won “Golden Horse Award” in Best Original Film Score six times for the films Goodbye South, Goodbye (1996), Millennium Mambo, Do Over (2006), A Touch of Sin (2013), City of Jade (2016), and Long Day’s Journey into Night (2018). In 2015, Lim was awarded Prix du Jury of Cannes Soundtrack Award for The Assassin (2015).
Between 2006 and 2016 the film music composers who left significant legacies in the Korean film music industry had received Jecheon Film Music Honorary Award.
Since 2017, Jecheon Film Music Award has broadened its horizons to Asia and became Jecheon Asia Film Music Award. For 2017, it selected Kawai Kenji, the master of Japanese film music and for 2018 the award went to the Chinese film music composer, Tan Dun, who had received the Academy Award, Best Original Score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s music.
Jecheon Asia Film Music Honorary Award ceremony will be held at the 15th JIMFF opening ceremony on August 8th (Thu). The 15th JIMFF will take place in Jecheon, South Korea for six days from August 8th to August 13th.
The festival will showcase over 120 music films and 30 music teams’ performances.