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The Last Emperor (1987)

PG-13 163 min - Drama, History - 21 October 1987
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A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People's Republic.

Director:  Bernardo Bertolucci
Stars:  John Lone, Peter O'Toole, Joan Chen, Dennis Dun, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ruocheng Ying, Victor Wong, Maggie Han, Ric Young, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Fumihiko Ikeda, Richard Vuu, Tsou Tijger, Tao Wu, Daxing Zhang, Vivian Wu, Lisa Lu, Hideo Takamatsu, Basil Pao, Henry O, Chen Kaige, Constantine Gregory, Shi Liang, Shu Chen, Cai Hongxiang, Glen Murphy, Biao Wang, Yu Li

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A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People's Republic.



Tagline: He was the Lord of Ten Thousand Years, the absolute monarch of China. He was born to rule a world of ancient tradition. Nothing prepared him for our world of change.

Genres: Drama, History

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Country:   France,   China,   United Kingdom,   Italy
Language:  Czech, English, Japanese, 普通话, Russian
Release Date:  21 October 1987

Box Office

Budget:  $23,000,000
Revenue:  $43,984,230

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Columbia Pictures, Hemdale Film Corporation, Recorded Pictures Company, Soprofilms, TAO Film, Yanco

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 43 min

Academy Award Nominations and Wins

ART DIRECTION — Art Direction: Ferdinando Scarfiotti; Set Decoration: Bruno Cesari, Osvaldo Desideri  – Won
CINEMATOGRAPHY — Vittorio Storaro  – Won
COSTUME DESIGN — James Acheson  – Won
DIRECTING — Bernardo Bertolucci  – Won
FILM EDITING — Gabriella Cristiani  – Won
MUSIC (Original Score) — Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su  – Won
BEST PICTURE — Jeremy Thomas, Producer – Won
SOUND — Bill Rowe, Ivan Sharrock  – Won
WRITING (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium) — Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci – Won


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