The Last Emperor (1987) Poster

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Sex & Nudity

  • A young man is with a young girl. She kisses him in several places, and her lipstick remains on him. Then she begins to undress, but they stop.
  • A young boy is being bathed and he rushes out of the tub not wearing only clothes. He is shown from the front and the back.
  • A woman continues to breastfeed a boy until he is about 10 years of age. There are two brief shots of her unclothed breast. When he grows up he has a sexual obsession with her so they send her away.
  • A man, his wife, and his concubine are all shown in the same bed. There is implied sexual activity, but all three people hide under bedsheets, so nothing is shown.
  • A woman is shown sucking the toes of another woman.

Violence & Gore

  • A man attempts suicide by slitting his wrists, we hear the cuts and as he submerges his hands in a water-filled sink, we see blood cloud the water. Later, blood-soaked bandages are shown on his wrists.
  • We hear fire outside a man's bedroom and see flames outside the window, the result of arson.
  • One man threatens another with a pistol.
  • A man is shot in the head from behind, and blood spurts from his head.
  • We hear a gunshot and see that a man has shot himself in the head; we see the bullet wound and a pool of blood form underneath.
  • There is archival footage of war atrocities including actual executions by gunfire as well as several close-ups of decomposed bodies. There is footage of a hand, badly burned from radiation, being treated.
  • A mouse is thrown hard against a wall, splattering it and killing it. This was a real death of an animal on film; it was not simulated, and would be extremely upsetting to anyone sensitive to cruelty to animals.


  • The word "fuck" is said once near the end of the film.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Opium is shown being produced, sold, and used. Two of the principle characters are shown smoking opium. One is shown at several stages of her descent into addiction.
  • Wine is consumed at various parties throughout the film.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • It is implied that a baby is killed by injection.

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