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The Last Emperor

The Last Emperor is a monumental film about the life of the last emperor of the Chinese Qing dynasty. Director Bertolucci illustrates the life of Pu-Yi who was crowned emperor at the age of two only to lose it at the age of five. The film won a total of nine Oscars in 1987.

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Released: Oct 29th, 1987
Budget: $25,000,000.00
Revenue: N/A

The Last Emperor Main Cast

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John Lone
John Lone
plays Pu Yi - Adult
Joan Chen
Joan Chen
plays Wan Jung
Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
plays Reginald 'R. J.' Johnston
Ruocheng Ying
Ruocheng Ying
plays The Governor
Victor Wong
Victor Wong
plays Chen Pao Shen
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Two thousand soldiers had the front of their heads shaved in order to play Qing banner men. They were persuaded to do so by their officers who convinced them that it show friendship to the Italians and British. They were given a bonus of $3.50.
  • Bernardo Bertolucci proposed the film to the Chinese government as one of two possible projects - the other was "La Condition Humaine" by André Malraux. The Chinese preferred this project, and made no restrictions on the content.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): Mr. Johnston enters the emperor's service during the 1919 May Fourth student movement. Thus, Pu Yi is 13 years of age, not 15.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): At the time when he next sees his mother, Pu Yi says, "My mother has not seen me for seven years." That would make the year 1915, but it is wrong. He should say, "My mother has not seen me for four years," which makes the year 1912. In the spring of 1912, the new republican government divided the Forbidden City by constructing a wall, thus restricting the emperor's domain. Assuming that it is that dividing wall on which Pu Yi and Pu Chieh climb, one must reasonably assume that, since the wall is clearly under construction, the date is mid-1912 at the latest. If so, then Pu Yi has just turned six, not eight, and has been separated from his family for four years, not seven.
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