Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor won nine Academy Awards®, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated - quite a feat for a challenging, multilayered epic directed by an Italian and starring an international cast. Yet the power and scope of the film was, and remains, undeniable - the life of emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and outside of the walls of the Forbidden City. Recreating Qing-dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, The Last Emperor is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy.

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The Last Emperor (1987)

PG-13

Drama · 2h 43m · 11/18/1987

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He was the Lord of Ten Thousand Years, the absolute monarch of China. He was born to rule a world of ancient tradition. Nothing prepared him for our world of change.

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Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor won nine Academy Awards®, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated - quite a feat for a challenging, multilayered epic directed by an Italian and starring an international cast. Yet the power and scope of the film was, and remains, undeniable - the life of emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and outside of the walls of the Forbidden City. Recreating Qing-dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, The Last Emperor is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy.

Where to Watch

Status

Released

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese/Mandarin, Russian

Countries

United Kingdom, Italy, China, France, United States

Production Companies

AAA Productions, Hemdale Film Corporation, Recorded Pictures Company, Soprofilms, TAO Film, Yanco

Budget

$23,000,000

Revenue

$43,984,230
Part Of
Cast
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John Lone

Pu Yi (Adult)
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Joan Chen

Wan Jung
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Peter O'Toole

Reginald Johnston (R.J.)
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Ruocheng Ying

The Governor (as Ying Ruocheng)
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Victor Wong

Chen Pao Shen
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Dennis Dun

Big Li
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Ryuichi Sakamoto

Amakasu (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
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Maggie Han

Eastern Jewel
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Ric Young

Interrogator
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Vivian Wu

Wen Hsiu (as Wu Jun Mei)
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Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Chang (as Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa)
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Jade Go

Ar Mo
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Fumihiko Ikeda

Yoshioka
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Richard Vuu

Pu Yi (3 years)
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Tsou Tijger

Pu Yi (8 years) (as Tijger Tsou)
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Tao Wu

Pu Yi (15 years) (as Wu Tao)
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Guang Fan

Pu Chieh (Adult) (as Fan Guang)
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Henry Kyi

Pu Chieh (7 years)
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Alvin Riley III

Pu Chieh (14 years)
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Lisa Lu

Tzu Hsui
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Hideo Takamatsu

General Ishikari
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Hajime Tachibana

Japanese Translator
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Basil Pao

Prince Chun
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Henry O

Lord Chamberlain (as Jiang Xi Ren)
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Kaige Chen

Captain of Imperial Guard (as Chen Kai Ge)
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Liangbin Zhang

Big Foot (as Zhang Liangbin)
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Wenjie Huang

Hunchback (as Huang Wenjie)
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Dong Liang

Lady Aisin-Gioro (as Liang Dong)
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Zhendong Dong

Old Doctor (as Dong Zhendong)
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Jiechen Dong

Doctor (as Dong Jiechen)
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Constantine Gregory

Oculist
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Huaikuei Soong

Lung Yu (as Soong Huaikuei)
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Ruzhen Shao

First High Consort (as Shao Ruzhen)
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Li Yu

Second High Consort
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Guangli Li

Third High Consort (as Li Guangli)
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Chunqing Xu

Grey Eyes (as Xu Chunqing)
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Tianmin Zhang

Old Tutor (as Zhang Tianmin)
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Hongnian Luo

Sleeping Old Tutor (as Luo Hongnian)
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Shihong Yu

Hsiao Hsiu (as Yu Shihong)
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Jun Wu

Wen Hsiu (12 years) (as Wu Jun)
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Lucia Hwong

Lady of the Book
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Jingping Cui

Lady of the Pen (as Cui Jingping)
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Liang Shi

Republican Officer (as Wu Hai)
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Junguo Gu

Tang (as Gu Junguo)
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Xu Tongrui

Captain of Feng's Army
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Fusheng Li

Minister of Trade (as Li Fusheng)
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Shu Chen

Chang Chinghui (as Chen Shu)
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Shuyan Cheng

Lady Hiro Saga (as Cheng Shuyan)
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Daxing Zhang

Tough Warder (as Zhang Daxing)
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Ruigang Zu

Second Warder (as Zu Ruigang)
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Yuan Jin

Party Boss (as Jin Yuan)
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Akira Ikuta

Japanese Doctor
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Michael Vermaaten

American
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Matthew Spender

Englishman
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Hongxiang Cai

Scarface (uncredited)
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Xinmin Cui

Japanese Bodyguard (uncredited)
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Zhenduo Li

Dignitary (uncredited)
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Shigang Luo

Chang Chinghui's Secretary (uncredited)
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Guang Ma

Japanese Bodyguard (uncredited)
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Glen Murphy

Captain (uncredited)
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Biao Wang

Prisoner (uncredited)
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Baozong Yang

General Yuan Shikai (uncredited)
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Hongchang Yang

Scribe (uncredited)
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Lingmu Zhang

Emperor Hirohito (uncredited)
Crew
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Bernardo Bertolucci

Director
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Enzo Ungari

Writer
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Mark Peploe

Writer
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Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer
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Puyi

Writer
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Disc Releases
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The Last Emperor

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2/23/1999

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The Last Emperor

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1/6/2009

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The Last Emperor

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11/18/2008

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1/6/2009

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The Last Emperor

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2/26/2008

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