Rent The Last Emperor (1987)

3.8 of 5 from 149 ratings
2h 36min
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Synopsis:
Following Pu Yi, the last of the Emperor's of China, from his birth in 1908, through his childhood in the fortress-like Forbidden City and his later misguided collaboration with the Japanese in World War II, The Last Emperor tells the history of modern China through the eyes of the man brought up to believe that he was the country's divine ruler.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jeremy Thomas
Writers:
Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci, Puyi
Others:
Gabriella Cristiani, Vittorio Storaro, Osvaldo Desideri, Bruno Cesari, Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Cong Su, James Acheson, Mark Peploe, Ryûichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jeremy Thomas, Fabrizio Martinelli, Ivan Sharrock, Fabrizio Sforza, Bill Rowe, Gino De Rossi, Les Wiggins
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Awards:

1989 BAFTA Make-Up And Hair

1989 BAFTA Best Costumes

1989 BAFTA Best Film

1988 Oscar Best Picture

1988 Oscar Best Cinematography

1988 Oscar Best Costume Design

1988 Oscar Best Director

1988 Oscar Best Editing

1988 Oscar Best Art Direction

1988 Oscar Best Music Original Score

1988 Oscar Best Sound

1988 Oscar Best Adapted Screen Play

BBFC:
Release Date:
24/05/2004
Run Time:
156 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary from Bernardo Bertolucci, Jeremy Thomas and Ryuichi Sakomoto
  • Bernardo Bertolucci: An in-depth documentary about The Making Of 'The Last Emperor'
  • Postcard from China
  • Trailers
BBFC:
Release Date:
Unknown
Run Time:
163 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Director's cut of the feature
  • Theatrical feature commentary with Bernardo Berolucci, Jeremy Thomas, Ryuichi Sakomoto
  • Bernardo Bertolucci: An in-depth documentary about the making of "The last emperor"
  • Postcard from China
  • Theatrical trailer

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Reviews (2) of The Last Emperor

Don't miss this - The Last Emperor review by Swambi

Spoiler Alert
21/07/2006

An amazing & unique film, with a story that shouldn't be forgotten. Great filming, great acting, excellent Chinese music, sights and sounds, which seem very authenitic. If you are interested in history, people, other cultures and countries, don't miss this.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

A true epic. - The Last Emperor review by Shatner's Bassoon

Spoiler Alert
06/10/2006

'The Last Emperor' is a truly unique film based on a truly unique story. The film recounts the real life story of 'Pu Yi', who at the tender age of three ascended to the throne to become emperor of China. It's an epic story of a man who spent the majority of his life as a puppet of others, who during his lifetime was transformed from the supreme emperor of imperial China, to an anonymous peasant gardener in the communist people's republic of China. The quality of acting is superb, with John Lone's portrayal of 'Pu Yi' being one of the best aspects of the film. Peter O'Toole is equally good and his quiet understated style of acting supports the story beautifully. The direction is stunning with beautifully lavish scenes held within the Forbidden City, and director Bertolucci cleverly manages strike the right balance between being both a big budget epic and an intimate character based drama. If you're not sure as to what disk to rent, the 'theatrical version' or the 'directors cut', the directors cut has around 50 minutes of additional footage which, apart from a couple of scenes, doesn't really add an awful lot to the overall story and at over 3 and a half hours in length is pretty hard work to watch in one sitting. In my opinion the 'theatrical version' is the better film; it's finer paced, easier to follow, and running at 2 hours and 40 minutes, it holds your attention throughout. Overall, 'The Last Emperor' is an outstanding piece of storytelling and both a moving and memorable experience.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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