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James L. Brooks
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. Written by
Martin H. Booda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Most of the exterior and interior scenes of Henry Pu-yi's mansion during his years as a puppet emperor for the Japanese (most notably the "Coronation Ball" scene) were filmed at the Imperial Palace in Changchun, where the real Pu Yi lived from 1934 to 1945. The mansion is now a museum. See more »
The tour guide at the end of the film says that Pu Yi was 3 years old at his coronation. Henry Pu-yi was born Feb. 7, 1906 and invested Nov. 14, 1908, aged 2 years 10 months. However, the guide was likely using the Chinese age system, in which a person is automatically aged "1" when born. See more »
[Confronting Puyi in the prison gardens, where Puyi works alone]
Perhaps you think we're here to teach men to lie in a new way?
[Puyi continues working as if trying to ignore the Governor]
Why did you sign every accusation made against you? I didn't stop you from killing yourself to see you like this! Someone who will sign anything to please his enemies... to please me!
[Puyi continues working]
You knew about a lot of things in Manchukuo... even the secret agreements. But you couldn't possibly ...
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I saw this movie at the cinema when I was 17 years old. I was completely overwhelmed by the movie (I already had a fascination for China) that I decided to visit china in 1992 just to see the forbidden palace (and the rest of China of course).
The music in the movie is brilliant, the cinematography outstanding, the story very moving (the end of the movie broke my heart).
Don´t expect an action-packed or high paced movie and be ready to sit through 3+ hours. If you´re all that, it might be worth a look for you as well:)
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