The Last Emperor Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 908

Average Rating: 3/4

# of Ratings: 197

Theatrical Release Date: 11/20/1987

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 02/26/2008

Language: English

Genre: Historical, Biography

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

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

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

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 05/28/2019

The film's beauty comes more from its setting that the story itself, but if you have about 3 to 4 hours to spare, it is worth the watch.

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sapien - wrote on 03/22/2010

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

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Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/19/2008

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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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 07/23/2013

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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Review - The Last Emperor (1987)

Delorted - wrote on 11/18/2007

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, …

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