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Lim Giong is a Taiwanese musician, DJ, composer, and actor. Although his current work leans more experimental and electronic, Lim’s musical roots actually began in pop music. Lim was one of the first musicians to use the Taiwanese Hokkien dialect in mainstream pop. Many of his earlier songs reflected political issues and his first single, “Marching Forward” (1990), was a huge anthem for the youth of Taiwan. The track firmly cemented him as one of the leading musicians in the New Taiwanese Song Movement.
After achieving mainstream success, Lim became much more interested in combining traditional taiwanese music with electronic music. His albums China Fun (2002) and Folk Paradise (2003) both show his burgeoning interest in genres such as drum and bass, breakbeat, ambient, and electronica.
Having studied acting and after appearing in films as an actor, Lim became the favorite composer of Hou Hsiao-hsien, for whom he wrote the music of Goodbye South, Goodbye, Millennium Mambo and The Assassin, which won the 2015 Cannes Film Festival’s Soundtrack Award. Still an active artist who often collaborates with museums and more, Lim is currently the go-to composer for avant garde Chinese movies, including award-winning Jia Zhangke’s The World, Still Life and Bi Gan’s Long Day’s Journey into Night and Kaili Blues.
Lim’s artistic work has spanned across two generations. His career as a pop star, actor, and acclaimed composer are still inspiring the work of young artists today.
Kindness, Ordinary, Happy. A Pure Person. Every time I see it: ordinary, kind person. I feel it inside my heart. Calm and happy. Ah, what a Pure Person. Every time I see it: ordinary, kind person. I feel it in my heart. Calm and happy. Ah, what a Pure Person. There is such a person in the world. There is this person in the world. There is such a person in the world. There is this person in the world:
A Pure PersonOriginal words and melody by Lim Giong
Executive Music Producer音樂製作人Lim Giong 林強
Record Producer/A&R專輯製作人Angela Lin 林時群
Production Manager執行製作Yun Nien 粘隶芸
Mastering母帶後期製作Ben Wang 王秉皇
Website網站設計與開發Grace Yang 楊慈安
Special thanks to特別感謝:Lujaichi＋Li He＋Point 盧家齊、李和 、點
本作品獲文化部影視及流行音樂產業局 108年 補助案補助。
Sponsored by The Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development (BAMID), MOC.
For my mother: I haven’t given up. I will always strive to be a pure person.
All proceeds from this album will go to a charity in need.
In the iconic opening scene of Hou Hsiao Hsien’s Millennium Mambo (2001), the actress Shu Qi glides through a tunnel. Her hair slides across her face as she looks left, right, back, forward, then back again as Lim Giong’s “A Pure Person” begins to play. Her life is broken, but in that moment, she escapes - there is no pain. There is no sense of past, present, or future - she exists as a pure person within all three. This album seeks to understand what it means to be a pure person. Through new melodic and philosophical interpretations of Lim Giong’s original track as well as one new track from Lim, A Pure Person contains the past, present, and future. Created with the purest of intentions, please enjoy with the purest of intentions.