The Last Emperor

The Last Emperor (1987)

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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.

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Apr 29, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
For all who aren't aware, this is a biography on the last emperor of China, Puyi. It starts off with him only a child suddenly becoming emperor and growing up in the Forbidden City, and ending with him as an old gardener no longer needed in Communist China.
I thought it was a great movie that was able to portray Puyi's life and the background of China's history perfectly! I recommend to read more anyone who is interested in learning more about China, and especially if you are taking a class on China's history. Even if you're just interested in watching a good movie, this is for you! It is able to hit your emotions without over dramatizing things and just keeping it real! Also, you get to see inside the Forbidden City which is absolutely stunning! This is actually the first film ever that was given permission to film inside of the city, so take advantage of this and watch it!
The only complaint i would have with it, is there were a couple unnecessary scenes in my opinion, but I guess others may enjoy them as well. Also, I haven't read them, but I recommend reading the book Twilight in the Forbidden City which has additional information.
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    amrita828 Apr 29, 2015

    I didn't even know my all time favourite movie was listed here. Awesome. :)

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    BaDaBa11 Apr 14, 2014

    Chinese history, always a great story to watch.


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    Oct 23, 1987
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    2 hr. 40 min.


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    8.1 (scored by 108 users)
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