The Last Emperor

1500 slaves. 353,260,000 royal subjects. Warlords. Concubines. And 2 wives. He was the loneliest boy in the world.

The Last Emperor (1987)


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.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Writers: Bernardo Bertolucci, Mark Peploe, Enzo Ungari.

Release Date: 1987-05-27
Status: Released
Run time: 163 min / 2:43
Budget: $23,000,000
Revenue: $43,984,230
Production Companies : Hemdale Film Corporation, Recorded Pictures Company, Soprofilms, TAO Film, Yanco
Production Countries: China, France, Italy, United Kingdom



John Lone
Emperor Puyi
Peter O'Toole
Reginal Flemming Johnson
Joan Chen
Wang Jung
Vivian Wu
Wen Hsiu
Dennis Dun
Big Li
Ruocheng Ying
Victor Wong
Chen Pao Shen
Maggie Han
Eastern Jewel
Ric Young
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Richard Vuu
Puyi, Age 3 Years
Tsou Tijger
Puyi, Age 8 Years
Lisa Lu
Tzu Hsui
Henry O
Lord Chamberlain
Constantine Gregory
Yu Li
Second High Consort
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Daxing Zhang
Tough Warder
Chen Kaige
Captain of Imperial Guard
Fumihiko Ikeda
Tao Wu
Puyi, Age 15 Years
Hideo Takamatsu
General Ishikari
Basil Pao
Prince Chun
Shi Liang
Republican Officer
Shu Chen
Chang Chinghui
Cai Hongxiang
Scarface (uncredited)
Glen Murphy
Captain (uncredited)
Biao Wang
Prisoner (uncredited)
Jade Go
Ar Mo
Tianmin Zhang
Old Tutor (as Zhang Tianmin)


Camera Vittorio Storaro Director of Photography
Art Ferdinando Scarfiotti Production Design
Production John Daly Producer
Production Jeremy Thomas Producer
Sound David Byrne Original Music Composer
Writing Bernardo Bertolucci Screenplay
Directing Bernardo Bertolucci Director
Camera Angelo Novi Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up James Acheson Costume Design
Writing Mark Peploe Screenplay
Production Franco Giovale Producer
Production Joyce Herlihy Producer
Sound Ryuichi Sakamoto Original Music Composer
Editing Gabriella Cristiani Editor
Sound Bill Rowe Sound Designer
Sound Ivan Sharrock Sound Designer
Writing Enzo Ungari Screenplay
Art Bruno Cesari Production Design
Writing Aisin-Gioro Puyi Author
Production Joanna Merlin Casting
Art Gianni Giovagnoni Art Direction
Art Maria-Teresa Barbasso Art Direction
Crew Gino De Rossi Special Effects
Costume & Make-Up Iole Cecchini Hair Designer
Sound Cong Su Music
Art Gianni Silvestri Art Direction
Directing Biao Wang Assistant Director
Production Mario Cotone Production Supervisor
Crew Maurice Binder Title Graphics
Production Stefano Bolzoni Production Manager
Costume & Make-Up Fabrizio Sforza Makeup Artist
Editing Catherine Hodgson Assistant Editor
Crew Michael Saxton Post Production Supervisor
Directing Suzanne Durrenberger Continuity
Crew Ann Tasker Unit Publicist

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