The Eighties

The Last Emperor

The Last Emperor is Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1987 epic biographical drama film, about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China, whose 1964 autobiography was the basis for the screenplay written by Bertolucci and Mark Peploe. Puyi’s life is depicted from his ascent to the throne as a small boy to his imprisonment and political rehabilitation by the Communist Party of China.

The film, starring John Lone as Puyi, was the first Western feature film authorized by the People’s Republic of China to film in the Forbidden City in Beijing.  At the 60th Academy Awards it won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Directed by
Bernardo Bertolucci

John Lone
Joan Chen
Peter O’Toole
Ying Ruocheng
Victor Wong
Dennis Dun
Ryuichi Sakamoto