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The Last Emperor (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  15 April 1988 (USA)
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The story of the final Emperor of China.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ruocheng Ying ...
The Governor (as Ying Ruocheng)
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Dennis Dun ...
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Maggie Han ...
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Wen Hsiu (as Wu Jun Mei)
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Chang (as Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa)
Jade Go ...
Fumihiko Ikeda ...
Richard Vuu ...
Tsou Tijger ...
Pu Yi - 8 Years (as Tijger Tsou)
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Storyline

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 <booda@datasync.com>

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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.


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Release Date:

15 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El último emperador  »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,105 (USA) (27 November 1998)

Gross:

$43,984,230 (USA)
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Company Credits

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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Buddhist lamas who appear in the film could not be touched by women, so extra male wardrobe helpers were hired to dress them. See more »

Goofs

When the Empress Dowager dies, a eunuch covers her face with a cloth. Just before the cloth touches her face, you can see her left eye close. See more »

Quotes

The Governor: [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?
The Governor: [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!
The Governor: [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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Featured in The 60th Annual Academy Awards (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

China Boy
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A Winfree
Words by Phil Boutelje
played by the jazz band after Pu Yi finishes singing "Am I Blue"
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And the moral of the story is .......
4 September 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This to me was a very powerful movie, I loved the story, and the final outcome was how it should be. Somehow we believe that Kings, Queens, Emperors etc are entitled to their power, that somehow they deserve it. This is how this emperor saw himself, he believed he was better, and above the average person, his sense of entitlement and view of reality was so perverted, that he did everything possible to retain and regain his position in life. However from the day he entered the palace he was a pawn, powerless to act, yet he never sees this. Maybe we don't all understand his re-education, but this is what makes the ending so great. There is a fantastic moral to this story. A beautiful story, sad, moving, and somehow, strangely uplifting. Highly recommended. 9/10


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