From 2006 to 2016, Jecheon International Music Film Festival granted the Jecheon International Film Music Award to those who left significant footprints in Korea’s film music. Winners included 11 score composers such as late Shin Byung-ha, Choi Chang-kwon, Jeong Seong-jo as well as those active today including Jo Seong-woo, Lee Dong-jun and Han Jae-kwon. With an expanded pool of candidates, the first Jecheon Asia Film Music Honorary Award went to the Japanese legend Kawai Kenji, to be followed by the Chinese composer Tan Dun. This year, the Taiwanese musician Lim Giong wins the third Jecheon Asia Film Music Honorary Award.
Lim Giong, born in Taiwan in 1964, is a multifaceted artist who has his career as a composer, songwriter, music producer, music supervisor, DJ and actor. Lim opened his studio in 2000, and he has focused on creating scores for films and documentaries. He has collaborated with prominent directors such as Hou Hsiaohsien and Jia Zhangke.
He won Golden Horse Award in Best Original Film Score six times for the films <Goodbye South, Goodbye>(1996), <Millennium Mambo>(2001), <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 Cannes Soundtrack Award for the film <The Assassin>.