Crows and Sparrows Movie Review

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In their discussion of the subject, Crows and Sparrows (1949) claim that the filmmaker was persuaded to highlight the importance of bringing out economic circumstances. He steadfastly upholds that and eloquently illustrates how a country's economy might be impacted by a war. What I can say about this assertion is that it is accurate because the book explicitly states, "Production did not come to a stop until the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) overcame the National Party (KMT)." (82).

In the movie, a highly ranked member of the KMT army sells a citizen's home against the owner's wishes and consent. The official; Mr. Hou runs away to Taiwan. At this point, the aim of the narrator is to let people know that people in power can do whatever they want and no one questions as stated by Conner (78). But for citizen, they have to experience effects of war, high inflation of money, even more worse is how they end up living low lives like a sparrow.

At the beginning of the story, Conner (85) reveals that an anonymous person comes looking around the house and talking about the price of a house he does not own. More interestingly, the original owner of the house (Mr. Kong) lives there as a tenant. Other tenants try to convince Kong to prevent that from happening. From this event, it is quite clear that citizens do not have the power to do anything with those officials as much as the house belongs to them. The officials are so mean that they only care about themselves, and the people to suffer from that are the citizens

A couple living in the same house think they have found the solution by buying the house from the army. The original plan is to trade the house with 2000 yuan per piece of gold but at the end, the price of gold goes high three times of the original price, that is 6500 yuan per piece of gold. From that event, conclusively there is no way the couple will afford that kind of money (Conner 98). Therefore, it is deduced that one effect of war is inflation going up, what you buy today using paper money one may not afford it tomorrow with the same amount (A, Roger and Fund. 182). Citizens are the ones to suffer starvation due unstable economy brought up by war.


From such a short story, is very clear that people in power are mean and only care about themselves. Whatever they do will affect citizens in one way or another and most of the times suffering is always the outcome. Inflation is one of the problem suffered by the citizens in the movie because a gold to be sold at 2000 yuan shoots to 6500 yuan within a short period of time.


Works Cited

A, Armand Fouejieu, Scott Roger and International Monetary Fund. Inflation targeting and country risk. Washington, D.C: International Monetary Fund, 2013.

Conner, Alison W. Movie justice: The legal system in pre-1949 Chinese film. APLPJ 12, 2010.

April 06, 2023

Movies Political Science

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