The Last Emperor

The Last Emperor (1987)

1500 slaves. 353,260,000 royal subjects. Warlords. Concubines. And 2 wives. He was the loneliest boy in the world.

  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Release Date: 1987-05-27
  • User Rating: 7.624/10 from 1377 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 43min
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  • Production Company: Columbia Pictures
  • Production Country: China, France, Italy, United Kingdom
  • Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
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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.


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  • John Lone

    as Emperor Puyi
  • Peter O'Toole

    as Reginald Fleming Johnston
  • Joan Chen

    as Wang Jung
  • Vivian Wu

    as Wen Hsiu
  • Dennis Dun

    as Big Li
  • Ruocheng Ying

    as Governor
  • Victor Wong

    as Chen Pao Shen
  • Maggie Han

    as Eastern Jewel
  • Ric Young

    as Interrogator
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

    as Chang
  • Richard Vuu

    as Puyi, Age 3 Years
  • Tsou Tijger

    as Puyi, Age 8 Years
  • Lisa Lu

    as Tzu Hsui
  • Henry O

    as Lord Chamberlain
  • Constantine Gregory

    as Oculist
  • Yu Li

    as Second High Consort
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

    as Amakasu
  • Daxing Zhang

    as Tough Warder
  • Chen Kaige

    as Captain of Imperial Guard
  • Fumihiko Ikeda

    as Yoshioka
  • Tao Wu

    as Puyi, Age 15 Years
  • Hideo Takamatsu

    as General Ishikari
  • Basil Pao

    as Prince Chun
  • Shi Liang

    as Republican Officer
  • Chen Shu

    as Chang Chinghui
  • Cai Hongxiang

    as Scarface (uncredited)
  • Glen Murphy

    as Captain (uncredited)
  • Biao Wang

    as Prisoner (uncredited)
  • Jade Go

    as Ar Mo
  • Zhang Tianmin

    as Old Tutor (as Zhang Tianmin)
Camera Vittorio Storaro Director of Photography
Art Ferdinando Scarfiotti Production Design
Production John Daly Producer
Production Jeremy Thomas Producer
Sound David Byrne Original Music Composer
Writing Bernardo Bertolucci Screenplay
Directing Bernardo Bertolucci Director
Camera Angelo Novi Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up James Acheson Costume Design
Writing Mark Peploe Screenplay
Production Franco Giovale Producer
Production Joyce Herlihy Producer
Sound Ryuichi Sakamoto Original Music Composer
Editing Gabriella Cristiani Editor
Sound Bill Rowe Sound Designer
Sound Ivan Sharrock Sound Designer
Writing Enzo Ungari Screenplay
Art Bruno Cesari Production Design
Writing Aisin-Gioro Puyi Author
Production Joanna Merlin Casting
Art Gianni Giovagnoni Art Direction
Art Maria Teresa Barbasso Art Direction
Crew Gino De Rossi Special Effects
Costume & Make-Up Iole Cecchini Hair Designer
Sound Cong Su Music
Art Gianni Silvestri Art Direction
Directing Biao Wang Assistant Director
Production Mario Cotone Production Supervisor
Art Maurice Binder Main Title Designer
Production Stefano Bolzoni Production Manager
Costume & Make-Up Fabrizio Sforza Makeup Artist
Editing Catherine Hodgson Assistant Editor
Crew Michael Saxton Post Production Supervisor
Directing Suzanne Durrenberger Continuity
Crew Ann Tasker Unit Publicist
Directing Nicoletta Peyran Third Assistant Director