The Last Emperor (1987)

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.


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
Writers: Bernardo Bertolucci, Mark Peploe, Enzo Ungari.

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Movie Score: 7.4/10 from 366 votes
Release Date: 1987-10-21
Status: Released
Run time: 163 min / 2:43
Production Studio : Columbia Pictures, Hemdale Film Corporation, Recorded Pictures Company, Soprofilms, TAO Film, Yanco
Production Countries: France, China, United Kingdom, Italy

The Last Emperor Casts

John Lone
as Puyi
Peter O'Toole
as Reginal Flemming Johnson
Joan Chen
as Wang Jung
Dennis Dun
as Big Li
Ryuichi Sakamoto
as Amakasu
Ruocheng Ying
as Governor
Victor Wong
as Chen Pao Shen
Maggie Han
as Eastern Jewel
Ric Young
as Interrogator
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
as Chang
Fumihiko Ikeda
as Yoshioka
Richard Vuu
as Puyi - 3 Years
Tsou Tijger
as Puyi - 8 Years
Tao Wu
as Puyi - 15 Years
Daxing Zhang
as Tough Warder
Vivian Wu
as Wen Hsiu
Lisa Lu
as Tzu Hsui
Hideo Takamatsu
as General Ishikari
Basil Pao
as Prince Chun
Henry O
as Lord Chamberlain
Chen Kaige
as Captain of Imperial Guard
Constantine Gregory
as Oculist
Shi Liang
as Republican Officer
Shu Chen
as Chang Chinghui
Cai Hongxiang
as Scarface (uncredited)
Glen Murphy
as Captain (uncredited)
Biao Wang
as Prisoner (uncredited)
Yu Li
as Second High Consort

The Last Emperor Crew

Camera Vittorio Storaro Director of Photography
Art Ferdinando Scarfiotti Production Design
Production John Daly Producer
Production Jeremy Thomas Producer
Sound David Byrne Original Music Composer
Writing Bernardo Bertolucci Screenplay
Directing Bernardo Bertolucci Director
Camera Angelo Novi Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up James Acheson Costume Design
Writing Mark Peploe Screenplay
Production Franco Giovale Producer
Production Joyce Herlihy Producer
Sound Ryuichi Sakamoto Original Music Composer
Editing Gabriella Cristiani Editor
Sound Bill Rowe Sound Designer
Sound Ivan Sharrock Sound Designer
Writing Enzo Ungari Screenplay
Art Bruno Cesari Production Design
Writing Aisin-Gioro Puyi Author
Production Joanna Merlin Casting
Art Gianni Giovagnoni Art Direction
Art Maria-Teresa Barbasso Art Direction
Crew Gino De Rossi Special Effects
Costume & Make-Up Iole Cecchini Hair Designer
Sound Cong Su Music
Art Gianni Silvestri Art Direction
Directing Biao Wang Assistant Director
Production Mario Cotone Production Supervisor
Crew Maurice Binder Title Graphics
Production Stefano Bolzoni Production Manager
Costume & Make-Up Fabrizio Sforza Makeup Artist
Editing Catherine Hodgson Assistant Editor
Crew Michael Saxton Post Production Supervisor
Directing Suzanne Durrenberger Continuity
Crew Ann Tasker Unit Publicist