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: 1987-10-04
  • User Rating: 7.6/10 from 1625 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 43min
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  • Production Company: Hemdale Film Corporation
  • 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 Pu Yi (Adult)
  • Joan Chen

    as Wan Jung
  • Peter O'Toole

    as Reginald Johnston (R.J.)
  • Ruocheng Ying

    as The Governor
  • Victor Wong

    as Chen Pao Shen
  • Dennis Dun

    as Big Li
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto

    as Amakasu
  • Maggie Han

    as Eastern Jewel
  • Ric Young

    as Interrogator
  • Vivian Wu

    as Wen Hsiu
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

    as Chang
  • Jade Go

    as Ar Mo
  • Fumihiko Ikeda

    as Yoshioka
  • Richard Vuu

    as Pu Yi (3 years)
  • Tsou Tijger

    as Pu Yi (8 years)
  • Tao Wu

    as Pu Yi (15 years)
  • Guang Fan

    as Pu Chieh (Adult)
  • Henry Kyi

    as Pu Chieh (7 years)
  • Alvin Riley III

    as Pu Chieh (14 years)
  • Lisa Lu

    as Tzu Hsui
  • Hideo Takamatsu

    as General Ishikari
  • Hajime Tachibana

    as Japanese Translator
  • Basil Pao

    as Prince Chun
  • Henry O

    as Lord Chamberlain
  • Chen Kaige

    as Captain of Imperial Guard
  • Liangbin Zhang

    as Big Foot
  • Wenjie Huang

    as Hunchback
  • Dong Liang

    as Lady Aisin-Gioro
  • Zhendong Dong

    as Old Doctor
  • Jiechen Dong

    as Doctor
  • Constantine Gregory

    as Oculist
  • Huaikuei Soong

    as Lung Yu
  • Ruzhen Shao

    as First High Consort
  • Yu Li

    as Second High Consort
  • Guangli Li

    as Third High Consort
  • Chunqing Xu

    as Grey Eyes
  • Zhang Tianmin

    as Old Tutor
  • Hongnian Luo

    as Sleeping Old Tutor
  • Shihong Yu

    as Hsiao Hsiu
  • Jun Wu

    as Wen Hsiu (12 years)
  • Lucia Hwong

    as Lady of the Book
  • Jingping Cui

    as Lady of the Pen
  • Shi Liang

    as Republican Officer
  • Junguo Gu

    as Tang
  • Xu Tongrui

    as Captain of Feng's Army
  • Fusheng Li

    as Minister of Trade
  • Chen Shu

    as Chang Chinghui
  • Shuyan Cheng

    as Lady Hiro Saga
  • Daxing Zhang

    as Tough Warder
  • Ruigang Zu

    as Second Warder
  • Yuan Jin

    as Party Boss
  • Akira Ikuta

    as Japanese Doctor
  • Michael Vermaaten

    as American
  • Matthew Spender

    as Englishman
  • Cai Hongxiang

    as Scarface (uncredited)
  • Glen Murphy

    as Captain (uncredited)
  • Biao Wang

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