The Last Emperor

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.

  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Release Date: 1987-10-21
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 392 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 43min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Columbia Pictures
  • Production Country: France, China, United Kingdom, Italy
  • Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
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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.

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