The Last Emperor

The Last EmperorBBB.5

(out of 5)


The life of the last emperor of China before the Cultural Revolution is told in this stunningly beautiful epic by Bernardo Bertolucci. It goes from his days in the royal palace through to his teenage life in the snazzy China of the 1930s, detailing just how much of a prisoner he was to the life he was born into.  co-stars as the western tutor to the adult emperor (). Bertolucci’s epic is dazzling for the eye and ear, though the pacing leaves something to be desired and the running time can take its toll on your patience (the director’s cut even more so).


, Hemdale, Yanco Films Limited, , Screenframe, AAA Soprofilms

China/Italy/United Kingdom/France, 1987

Directed by

Screenplay by Bernardo Bertolucci, , collaboration with , based on the autobiography From Emperor To Citizen, The Autobiography of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by , ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Awards:  1987

Golden Globe Awards:  1987


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