A screen adaptation of the story of the same name by Soviet writer Mikhail Sholokhov, a Nobel Prize winner. Andrei Sokolov, the film’s protagonist, had lost in the war with fascist Germany his wife and children, had survived the horrors of a concentration camp. He was already being led to be shot, but at the last minute the camp’s commandant, Muller, revoked the sentence. After his release from the camp, Andrei Sokolov marched with the Soviet Army as far as Berlin. But Fate would not stop testing him: on Victory Day he got the news of his son Anatoly’s death. And in spite of the fact that he seemed to have lost everything, he remained a good human being and became a father to an orphaned boy. The great Russian director and actor Sergei Bondarchuk played the leading character in his own film, which was to become a hymn to human spirit and faith in life.
San mao was an orphan in old Shanghai. He ate poster paste, slept in garbage truck, kept warm in ragged sacks in winter. He did whatever work he could find such as selling newspapers, picking up rubbish, pushing pedicabs for others, etc.. But he still could not earn enough to eat. A wealthy lady adopted him and dressed him in fine clothes and disciplined him. However, San Mao who loved freedom didn't want to lead a parasitic life. He left and chose to live with other beggars like him freely. After liberation war, he stopped begging and led a normal life.