The Last Emperor (1987)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, History


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The story of the final Emperor of China.

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  • Bernardo Bertolucci in The Last Emperor (1987)
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  • Bernardo Bertolucci in The Last Emperor (1987)
  • Bernardo Bertolucci in The Last Emperor (1987)
  • Joan Chen and Tao Wu in The Last Emperor (1987)
  • Bernardo Bertolucci in The Last Emperor (1987)

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Director:

Bernardo Bertolucci

Writers:

Mark Peploe (screenplay), Bernardo Bertolucci (screenplay), Enzo Ungari (initial screenplay collaboration)

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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Lone and Joan Chen would later co-star in The Hunted (1995).


Quotes

The Governor: Perhaps you think we're here to teach men to lie in a new way?
The Governor: Why did you sign every accusation made against you? I didn't stop you from killing yourself to see you like this! Someone who will sign anything to please his enemies... to please me!
The Governor: ...


Goofs

The emperor was not in the Forbidden City to witness the expulsion of the eunuchs. This action was carefully planned with few people knowing, since the emperor could trust very few of his intimates. The order to remove the eunuchs was received in the City while the emperor was visiting at a friend's home. Also, not all of the eunuch's were dismissed, as the empress dowager (the wife of the late emperor) begged Pu Yi to allow a few of her personal servants to remain.


Alternate Versions

The theatrical version runs 163 minutes. A 218 minute version was released in the US in 1998 under the mistaken title of the "Director's Cut". It was known by this erroneous title until the 2008 Criterion DVD and Blu-ray Disc came out. Bertolucci and DP Vittorio Storaro made it clear while working on the DVD and BD that the shorter theatrical version is without doubt the director's cut. The 218 minute version was an early cut meant only to be aired as a four-part television mini-series by the Italian television network that funded the film.


Soundtracks

Am I Blue
(1929)
Music by
Harry Akst
Lyrics Grant Clarke
Sung by John Lone as Pu Yi
Published by Feldman Music
c/o EMI Music Publishing Ltd.

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Biography | Drama | History

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