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The Last Emperor (1987) Movie Information

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The Last Emperor (1987)
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Overall Rank:

773

Avg. Rating:

2.98/4

# of Ratings:

188

Genres:

Historical, Biography

Rating:

PG-13

Language:

English

Theater Date:

11/20/1987

DVD Release:

02/26/2008

Director:

Bernardo Bertolucci

Actors:

Peter O'Toole
Joan Chen
Ruocheng Ying
Vivian Wu
Ryuichi Sakamoto
John Lone

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

The story of the last emperor of China as told through flash backs and flash forwards.

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sapien 03/22/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

I don't remember much about this movie. I just remember liking it.

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Chris Kavan 12/19/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

Perhaps one of the last, great epic biographies. An interest in the subject matter will help you get more out of the film. Parts do tend to drag, but overall, an excellent film with a superb story.

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The_Watchman 04/01/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

Fantastic bio-flick. Seek out the original cut if you can, the three and a half hour "Director's Cut" is a TV version he was contractually obligated to make and isn't very fond of.

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Alex 03/17/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2/4 

Boring, long, not worth my time. Peter O'Toole is great, but who cares about the rest. If you have patience and interest in Chinese Culture, this is may be for you - but not for me.

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The Last Emperor review

Started out well with slight humor when the Emperor was still a kid then somewhat fizzles towards the end. The plot revolves around the Puyi (John Lone), the last emperor of China. The direction was meticulous and detailed while the extras/wardrobe was extravagant. Locations were authentic and grandiose. The soundtrack/score brought life to the picture. On the downside, Peter O' Toole's talents were underutilized, the pacing somewhat dull and entertainment factor was low. It moves around and follows historical events that follows Puyi and various policies of governing bodies. It's one of those Best Picture movies that you want to see but is left down since you want more from it. More historical than an enjoyable picture, the execution and production was good. The Last Emperor can ...

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11/18/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Review - The Last Emperor (1987)

In 1911, the Qing Dynasty was overtaken by The Republic of China, and the then emperor, Pu-Yi (Richard Vuu, Tsou Tijger, Tao Wu and John Lone), no longer had any ruling power. His story is told in the Best Picture winning film, "The Last Emperor."

I have personally never heard of Pu-Yi or his story, so I saw this film knowing nothing about its history. That being said, I feel I have learned a lot about his life and China in general, but even more impressive is the fact that I was able to sit through the whole thing.

At three and a half hours, this is a very long movie that could have easily been shortened to less than two and a half hours. There are way too many stretched moments in which nothing happens that could have been greatly shortened or even omitted.

The movie was, howev...

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2.5/4 

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