The Last Emperor

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This sweeping account of the life of Pu-Yi, the last emperor of China, follows the leader's tumultuous reign. After being captured by the Red Army as a war criminal in 1950, Pu-Yi recalls his childhood from prison. He remembers his lavish youth in the Forbidden City, where he was afforded every luxury but unfortunately sheltered from the outside world and complex political situation surrounding him. As revolution sweeps through China, the world Pu-Yi knew is dramatically upended.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Writer: Mark Peploe (screenplay), Bernardo Bertolucci (screenplay), Enzo Ungari (initial screenplay collaboration)
Production: Columbia Pictures
Year: 1987
MetaScore: 76/100
ImdbRating: 7.7
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 15 Apr 1988
Awards: Won 9 Oscars. Another 51 wins & 21 nominations.


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Pu Yi - Adult - John Lone
Wan Jung - Joan Chen
Reginald 'R. J.' Johnston - Peter O'Toole
The Governor - Ruocheng Ying
Chen Pao Shen - Victor Wong
Big Li - Dennis Dun
Amakasu (as Ryûichi Sakamoto) - Ryuichi Sakamoto
Eastern Jewel - Maggie Han
Interrogator - Ric Young
Wen Hsiu - Vivian Wu
Chang (as Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa) - Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Ar Mo - Jade Go
Yoshioka - Fumihiko Ikeda
Pu Yi - 3 Years - Richard Vuu
Pu Yi - 8 Years - Tsou Tijger
Pu Yi - 15 Years - Tao Wu
Pu Chieh - Adult (as Fan Guang) - Guang Fan
Pu Chieh - 7 Years - Henry Kyi
Pu Chieh - 14 Years - Alvin Riley III
Tzu Hsui - Lisa Lu
General Ishikari - Hideo Takamatsu
Japanese Translator - Hajime Tachibana
Prince Chun - Basil Pao
Lord Chamberlain (as Jiang Xi Ren) - Henry O
Captain of Imperial Guard (as Chen Kai Ge) - Kaige Chen
Big Foot - Liangbin Zhang
Hunchback (as Huang Wenjie) - Wenjie Huang
Lady Aisin-Gioro (as Liang Dong) - Dong Liang
Old Doctor (as Dong Zhendong) - Zhendong Dong
Doctor (as Dong Jiechen) - Jiechen Dong
Lung Yu - Huaikuei Soong
First High Consort (as Shao Ruzhen) - Ruzhen Shao
Second High Consort - Li Yu
Third High Consort (as Li Guangli) - Guangli Li
Grey Eyes - Chunqing Xu
Old Tutor (as Zhang Tianmin) - Tianmin Zhang
Sleeping Old Tutor (as Luo Hongnian) - Hongnian Luo
Hsiao Hsiu (as Yu Shihong) - Shihong Yu
Wen Hsiu - 12 Years (as Wu Jun) - Jun Wu
Lady of the Book - Lucia Hwong
Lady of the Pen (as Cui Jingping) - Jingping Cui
Republican Officer (as Wu Hai) - Liang Shi
Tang (as Gu Junguo) - Junguo Gu
Captain of Feng's Army - Xu Tongrui
Minister of Trade (as Li Fusheng) - Fusheng Li
Chang Chinghui (as Chen Shu) - Shu Chen
Lady Hiro Saga (as Cheng Shuyan) - Shuyan Cheng
Tough Warder (as Zhang Daxing) - Daxing Zhang
Second Warder (as Zu Ruigang) - Ruigang Zu
Party Boss (as Jin Yuan) - Yuan Jin
Japanese Doctor - Akira Ikuta
Englishman - Matthew Spender
Scarface - Hongxiang Cai
Japanese Bodyguard - Xinmin Cui
Dignitary - Zhenduo Li
Chang Chinghui's Secretary - Shigang Luo
Japanese Bodyguard - Guang Ma
Captain - Glen Murphy
Prisoner - Biao Wang
General Yuan Shikai - Baozong Yang
Emperor Hirohito - Lingmu Zhang