Lim Giong

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Lim Giong

Lim Giong (Chinese: 林強; pinyin: Lín Qiáng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lîm Kiông; also known as Lin Chiang, born 7 June 1964 in Changhua, Taiwan) is a musician, artist, DJ, composer, songwriter, music producer, music director and also an actor.

Now, he is a leading figure on the Taiwanese experimental electronic music scene.


Lim Giong's musical career began with the release of his 1st album, "Marching Forward" in 1990.

In his early days, he gave rousing performances of folk-pop music in Taiwan (mainly sung in Taiwanese Hokkien) such as "A Soundless Place" from the Dust of Angels soundtrack. He was associated with the genre known as New Taiwanese Song. Then, from his 3rd album "Entertainment World" recorded in England in 1993, his compositions become increasingly infused with electronic music, evolving even from drum and bass, break beat, ambient and electronica, to more experimental and freestyle work.

He introduces Taiwanese notes into pop-rock culture, and weaves complex musical fabrics.

In his works, the tradition meets the modernity, which creates the world of his own.

He arranges the traditional music with the electronic flavour quite successfully in his 4th album "China Fun" in 2002, and 5th album "Folk Paradise" in 2003.

And since he studied acting and appeared in some movies as an actor, stimulated by the world of cinema, he became the favorite composer of Hou Hsiao-Hsien, for whom he wrote the music of Goodbye South, Goodbye and Millennium Mambo.

From the experience in the world of cinema, he has his original perspective in the interaction of the sound and the image. He tried to exceed the genre of music in his work, which is developed in the form "Stereo Picture (立體音畫, sometimes translated as "Three Dimensional Sound Picture")" that aims at uniting the sound and the image.

His latest album "Insects Awaken" was released in 2005 in Europe on a French label, MK2., and a few months later, also released in Taiwan on a Taiwanese label, EWise Digital Multimedia Corp. This album won the best crossover album of the 17th Golden Melody Awards in 2006.

In 2005, the Cannes Film Festival invited him to perform at an outdoor event. There he performed music from "Insects Awaken", with the images which include the elements of the National Palace Museum's collection.

He also produces the music for the special 90 seconds commercial film of National Palace Museum that celebrates its 80th anniversary in October 2005. The concept of this film, "OLD IS NEW" coincides with his detached stance. And this special commercial film won the gold of the American Association of Museums' 2006 Muse award.

And now he is participating in the activity of the Creative Commons in Taiwan, and undertakes the responsibility of the CC Party.


  • Marching Forward:向前走 (1990)
  • Spring Breeze Young Bro.:春風少年兄 (1992)
  • Entertainment World:娛樂世界 (1993)
  • Goodbye South, Goodbye (Orig. Movie Soundtrack):南國再見,南國 (1996)
  • The Best of Linchung:向前走林強 (2001)
  • China Fun:歡樂電子中國年 (2002)China Fun
  • Folk Paradise:電民謠(2003)Folk Paradise
  • Insects Awaken (2005)
  • Jia Zhang-Ke Movie Music Collection – Music by Lim Giong 賈樟柯電影音樂作品集(2007)



directed by Hsu Hsiao Ming (徐小明), and Hou Hsiao-Hsien(侯孝賢) is credited as an executive producer

  • Treasure Island: 只要為你活一天 (1992)

directed by Chen Kuo-Fu (陳國富), and Hou Hsiao-Hsien(侯孝賢) is credited as an executive producer

directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien(侯孝賢)

directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien(侯孝賢)

directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien(侯孝賢)

directed by Lin Cheng-Sheng (林正盛)

directed by Dai Tailung(戴泰龍).Lian Jinhua(連錦華)


  • Goodbye South, Goodbye: 南國再見,南國 (1996) directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien (侯孝賢)
  • Millennium Mambo: 千禧曼波 (2001) directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien (侯孝賢)
  • Two Summers: 兩個夏天(2002) directed by Leon Dai Liren (戴立忍)
  • The World :世界 (2004) directed by Jia Zhangke (賈樟柯)
  • Reflections: 愛麗絲的鏡子 (2005) directed by Yao Hung-I (姚宏易)
  • Quiet Summer: 寧静夏日 (2005) directed by Shuhei Fujita (藤田修平)
  • Three Times: 最好的時光 (2005) directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien (侯孝賢)
  • Do Over: 一年之初 (2006) directed by Cheng Yu-chieh (鄭有傑)
  • Joyful Life: 樂生 (2007) a documentary directed by Anita Wen-Shin Chang (張文馨)
  • Still Life:三峡好人 (2006) directed by Jia Zhangke (賈樟柯)
  • Dong: 東 (2006) directed by Jia Zhangke (賈樟柯)
  • Our Ten Years: 我們的十年 (2007) directed by Jia Zhangke (賈樟柯)
  • Useless: 無用 (2007) directed by Jia Zhangke (賈樟柯)
  • 24 City: 二十四城记 (2008) directed by Jia Zhangke (賈樟柯)
  • City of Trance 迷樂上海 (2008) directed by David VERBEEK(荷蘭導演)
  • Tree of us 我們三個 (2008) directed by Yao Hung-I (姚宏易)
  • Yang Yang 陽陽(2009) directed by Cheng Yu-chieh (鄭有傑)
  • R U THERE(2010) directed by David Verbeek (荷蘭導演)
  • DEEP IN THE CLOUDS(2010) 《碧羅雪山》(中國) directed by LIU JIE(劉杰)
  • A TOUCH OF SIN 天註定 (2013) directed by Jia Zhangke (賈樟柯)
  • The Assassin: 聶隱娘 (2015) directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien (侯孝賢)


  • Emerald Horizon (documentary film:2006) directed by Liang Yin Kuo(郭亮吟), Shuhei Fujita(藤田修平)
  • BIRD WITHOUT BORDERS(BLACK FACED SPOONBILLS) 返家八千里(黑面琵鷺) (documentary film:2009) directed by Dean Johnson


Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (金馬獎)

American Association of Museums' Muse awards

  • The Gold Winner of the Promotional and Marketing 2006: "Old is New" (NPM Image Advertisement)

The Golden Melody Awards(金曲獎)

  • Best Crossover Album 2006: "Insects Awaken(驚蟄)"
  • Taipei Film Festival 11th 2009年 第十一屆 台北電影節 劇情長片最佳音樂《陽陽》林強

Narrative Features, Best Music LIM Giong YANG YANG directed by Cheng Yu-chieh(鄭有傑)

  • 13TH Shanghai International Film Festival 2010 Award for Best Music LIM Giong for DEEP IN THE CLOUDS (China)
  • 2013 Ghent International Film Festival ,(A TOUCH OF SIN) The Georges Delerue Prize for Best Music
  • 2015 ‘The Assassin’ composer Lim Giong wins Cannes Soundtrack Award

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