The Last Emperor

The Last Emperor

DVD - 2008
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A dramatic history of Aisin-Gioro "Henry" Pu Yi, who at the age of three became the last of the Emperors of China. Chronicles his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, as the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; and his exploitation by the invading Japanese as the ruler of Manchukuo from 1932 to 1945. He returned to public life in 1959, just another peasant worker in the People's Republic, and died as a gardener at the Botanical Gardens of Peking.

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trishiefish
May 04, 2017

Saw this movie around 1990. Powerful. Beautifully made. Have it at home. Watch it often.

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ralwal
Apr 11, 2017

Very slow.

Samsung Oct 10, 2015

Imagine the burden of being the final figure of the Qing Dynasty. An illustrious and long running dynasty. The movie made me question the wisdom in dispensing with the Chinese monarchy. To lose so much tradition and never be able to gain it back.... Most nations held on to their monarchies; I suppose in this case being Manchu it would have been awkward.

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2101kol
Jun 30, 2014

While it was an interesting story regarding the life of the last emperor of China, at times the movie was not as interesting, especially in the middle. None of the performances were memorable.

aaa5756 May 21, 2013

One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

Dimmu16 Aug 19, 2012

It was a very interesting story of Puyi (the last emperor). But it was also really sad. The poor man.

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Monolith
Apr 03, 2012

This epic 1987 historical drama from Bernardo Bertolucci was his tour de force. Nine Academy Awards. Wow. Emperor Pu Yi's life was so woefully misfortunate. Held captive in a palace from age three, wanting for virtually nothing material, but needing for everything of substance. Freedom. Family. Imprisoned on one level or another for his entire life, effectively. Isolated, as a symbol to the people, with eunuchs, in the name of some archaic, cruel tradition... (Actually, he did have two gorgeous women in his bed, also... maybe I should rethink this...). A powerless ruler. Ironic. This China was depicted as a truly dark, frightening place -- not a smile for miles, except for a smirking Peter O'Toole. Magnificent, illustrious cinematography of the ornate Forbidden City, (which Bertolucci was given permission to film in). A one of a kind masterpiece. FIVE STARS.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

The Last Emperor is breathtaking in its cinematography. If you haven't seen this film, get off of your rear end and check it out. This movie is absolutely amazing on so many levels, guaranteed not to disappoint!

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 10, 2010

It was a good movie, but a bit slow at times.

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aaa5756 May 21, 2013

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

aaa5756 May 21, 2013

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” –Thomas Jefferson

aaa5756 May 21, 2013

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

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Monolith
Apr 03, 2012

Interrogator: "Now then. There are two types of confession. We call them 'toothpaste' and 'water tap'. The 'toothpaste' needs to be squeezed every now and then, or else he forgets to keep confessing... The 'water tap' needs one good hard twist before he starts, but then everything comes out. Now you're an intelligent person... I'm sure you understand me... Good. Then we'll begin. Why do you think you're here 9-8-1?" Emperor Pu Yi: "I am accused of being a traitor, a collaborator, and a counter-revolutionary." Interrogator: "IT IS NOT AN ACCUSATION! YOU ARE A TRAITOR! YOU ARE A COLLABORATOR! AND YOU ARE A COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARY!!!"

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Monolith
Apr 03, 2012

Pu Yi (age 15): "Is it true, Mr. Johnston, that many people out there have had their heads cut off?" Reginald Fleming 'R.J.' Johnston: "It is true, your majesty. Many heads have been chopped off. It does stop them thinking."

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Monolith
Apr 03, 2012

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. I think the Emperor is the loneliest boy on Earth."

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Monolith
Apr 03, 2012

Empress Dowager Cixi: "Little Pu Yi. I have decided that you will be the new Lord of Ten Thousand Years. You will be the Son of Heaven."

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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. I think the Emperor is the loneliest boy on Earth.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Pu Yi, at 15: Is it true, Mr. Johnston, that many people out there have had their heads cut off?
Reginald Fleming 'R.J.' Johnston: It is true, your majesty. Many heads have been chopped off. It does stop them thinking.

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joybechtold
Feb 22, 2016

joybechtold thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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klemens82
Jun 29, 2013

klemens82 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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joybechtold
Feb 22, 2016

Sexual Content: Threesome under the sheets.

owllover Jul 29, 2011

Violence: One close shot to the head and attempted suicide

owllover Jul 29, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

The story of the final Emperor of China.

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