The Story of a Small Town

Here is a blast from the past.  The Story of a Small Town 小城故事 (Xiǎochéng Gùshì) is a Taiwanese film released in 1979. In the movie, a man is released from prison and falls in love with a mute woman.

That year it took home a Golden Horse award for Best Picture and three additional statues for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Child Star.

If you are new to Taiwanese cinema, the “Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival” is the most important film event in Taiwan, much like the Oscars are to Americans.

Teresa Tang made its main theme song of the same name famous. Even 25 years after her death, Teresa is one of Asia’s most influential and celebrated artists. She is well-known for her beautiful folk songs and ballads.

Teresa Tang
Golden Horse Award

The number of musical artists who have covered Teresa’s songs is seemingly endless. One such artist is 王莉 Wáng Lì. Lì is a well-known Chinese Soprano with a breathtaking voice.

By accident, I discovered Wáng Lì’s cover of Teresa’s The Story of a Small Town.   Lì delivers it’s simple lyrics gorgeously, accompanied by traditional musical sounds that I love so much.  

Please enjoy my English translation of this song below, on my YouTube Channel and HERE on the website.

Let me know in the comments below if you have seen the movie, or are aware of where it can be viewed online. I am curious if it has stood the test of time, as well as its theme song has.

Better still, please recommend to our community a Chinese film, drama or song that you have personally enjoyed.  I love finding “new to me” Chinese entertainment.

Take care!

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