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10 December 1982 (Canada) See more »
In this inspiring fantasy film, three children befriend a young Cambodian boy who dreams of returning home... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mickey Rooney ... The Railway Engineer
Anick ... Liz
Jonathan Starr ... Toby
Ky Huot Uk ... Hoang

Monique Mercure ... Aunt Elsa
Jean-Louis Roux ... Uncle Alex
Guy Hoffmann ... Mayor (as Guy Hoffman)
Valda Dalton ... Flora
Jean-Pierre Saulnier ... Fireman
Marie-Josée Morin ... Immigration Officer
Maurice Podbrey ... Policeman
Vlasta Vrana ... Policeman
John Stanzel ... Jonathan

Michel Barrette ... Polly
Michel Bartolini ... Phil
Georges Taborky ... Hoang's Father
Kim Ny Ith ... Hoang's Mother
Thach Chanh ... Blind Man
Jean-Pierre Ronfard ... Attorney
Annilie Schmidt ... Super Woman
André Mélançon ... Pirate

Directed by
Fernando Arrabal 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fernando Arrabal 
Roger Lemelin 

Produced by
Romaine Legargeant .... producer
Claude Léger .... producer
Original Music by
Edith Butler 
Cinematography by
Ken Legargeant 
Film Editing by
John Broughton 
Fabien D. Tordjmann 
Production Management
Suzanne Roy .... production manager
Art Department
Luc Bouthillier .... swing gang
Rejean Brochu .... construction supervisor
Alain Giguère .... scenic painter
Sound Department
Claude Hazanavicius .... sound recordist
Nadine Muse .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Jacques Godbout .... special effects
Other crew
Diane Bardinet .... subtitles

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Also Known As:
"The Emperor of Peru" - France (original title)
"Treasure Train" - USA (TV title)
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81 min


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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
i'm glad some people are appreciating this film, 23 February 2010
Author: jonbecker03

"Emperor of Peru" is a children's film, which might put off a lot of people (especially adults who don't have children). But never fear, it's a Canadian children's film, which makes all the difference in the world. Apparently, Disney hasn't been as influential in Canada as it has been in the good, old US of A. American family films tend towards blandness, but in Canada a healthy European influence is still felt, and makers of children's' pictures are willing to take chances. Another person who reviewed "Emperor" on this site called it "surrealistic." It might be better described as "imagistic" or "fantastic." (It certainly is "fantasy;" it isn't "realistic" in the conventional sense at all.) Two children deal with the arrival of a foster brother, a Cambodian refugee. All three of them discover a hermetic retired railway engineer (Mickey Rooney) living in the woods. Then the children find an abandoned locomotive and, with the help of the engineer, bring it back to working order. (Or do they? The locomotive in actual operation, represented by stock footage, may be merely a fantasy on the part of the children.) The ambiguity about the last point is the key to the film's style. "Emperor" exists in its own kind of toyshop alternative reality. Fernando Arrabal only had a small budget with which to work, but he turns this to his advantage by choosing to REPRESENT the film's "reality" instead of portraying it realistically. At times toys and cheap paper mache props are made to stand in for real objects. At other times, shots of real objects are made to represent toys. (In the opening sequence, for example, we are shown stock footage of what appear to be actual railway trains. Later on we learn that what we are seeing is supposed to be only a TOY train set.) I can't really use words to describe just how whimsical and delightful all of this is. (Think of a live action "Gumby" episode.) So i guess you'll just have to see "Emperor of Peru" for yourself. Images sometimes speak louder than words........

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