The Last Emperor
feature film, biopic, historical drama, UK, Italy, France, 1987
DIRECTED BY: Bernardo Bertolucci
John Lone (Pu Yi,
Joan Chen (Wan Jung),
Bernardo Bertolucci (based on autobiography by Henry Pu Yi)
This is the film version of Pu Yi, the last Chinese emperor’s biography. As a three year old, Pu Yi became an emperor, but four years later China is made a republic and his empire becomes a small territory of the Forbidden City. This film follows Pu Yi’s life, from his luxurious childhood to his last years that he spent as a gardener in a botanical garden in Peking.