PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History
The story of the final Emperor of China.
The production tracked down several people from Puyi's life, including the prison governor and his manservant, to unofficially advise the director.
Reginald Fleming 'R.J.' Johnston:
The Emperor has been a prisoner in his own palace since the day that he was crowned, and has remained a prisoner since he abdicated. But now he's growing up, he may wonder why he's the only person in China who may not walk out of his own front door....
In the Director's Cut, just before Pu Yi cuts his hair in 1924, the consorts are dancing to a violin playing "Ol' Man River" from the musical "Showboat", first performed in 1927.
The Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-ray releases are re-framed in director of photography Vittorio Storaro's preferred Univisium 2.00:1 format. This was the intended ratio for the film, despite it being commonly projected in 2.39:1 during its theatrical release.
English, Mandarin, Japanese
$21,105 (USA) (27 November 1998)
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