This is a 59 episode story about Pu-Yi, the last Qing Emperor of China and the drastic changes that occurred during his lifetime.
The production values are very good and the acting and direction is good.
The series, like the autobiography by Pu-Yi, contains omissions and half-truths. Such as: the suffering and death of his wife, Wanrong; the timing of certain events in his life; the influence of Reginald Johnston is very briefly shown; characters included for comic effect and drama. Like Pu-Yi's book, his life from prison time appears as a propaganda piece cheer-leading Communist principles and their process of remolding war-crime prisoners as well as the prison being portrayed in a rosy picture. The disaster of the Great Leap forward and its effects isn't even broached as is the Hundred Flowers period. The violence of the Cultural Revolution which began just before he died is touched on in the last episode and how it touched some of his friends.
A problem watching has to do with the English subtitles. Some long passages will sometimes flash on the screen and are gone before you can read them. You end up speed reading to get anything out of the dialogue.
Other than that, the series shares many of the experiences that Pu-Yi wrote about and is worth watching.