The Last Emperor
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9 Nominations / 9 Wins
Year 1987
Director Bernardo Bertolucci
Writer Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole
60th Academy Awards

The Last Emperor is a 1987 biopic about the life of Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China, whose autobiography was the basis for the screenplay written by Mark Peploe and Bernardo Bertolucci. It was directed by Bertolucci and released in 1987 by Columbia Pictures. The film stars John Lone as Puyi, with Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Maggie Han, Ric Young, Vivian Wu, and Chen Kaige. It was the first feature film for which the producers were authorized by the Chinese government to film in the Forbidden City in Beijing.




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.