The Last Emperor

Last Emperor
History, Biography, Drama
1987

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci Cast: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O’Toole, Ruocheng Ying, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Maggie Han, Ric Young, Vivian Wu, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Jade Go, Fumihiko Ikeda, Richard Vuu, Tsou Tijger, Tao Wu, Guang Fan, Henry Kyi, Alvin Riley III, Lisa Lu, Hideo Takamatsu, Hajime Tachibana, Basil Pao, Henry O, Kaige Chen, Liangbin Zhang, Wenjie Huang, Dong Liang, Zhendong Dong, Jiechen Dong, Constantine Gregory, Shi Liang, Daxing Zhang,

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Bernardo Bertolucci); Best Adapted Screenplay (Mark Peploe & Bernardo Bertolucci); Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Costume Design; Best Sound; Best Film Editing; Best Original Score (Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, & Cong Su)

I First Saw In: 2013

Synopsis: The story of Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China, who took the throne at age three, as he witnesses decades of cultural and political upheaval within and without the walls of the Forbidden City.

Did You Know? This was the first Western film made in and about the country of China to be produced with full Chinese government cooperation since 1949.

Quotables: REGINALD FLEMING JOHNSTON: If you cannot say what you mean, your majesty, you will never mean what you say and a gentleman should always mean what he says.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Visually, this film is stunningly beautiful. However, as is the case with most biopics, it is too long and slow. It has a lot of substance, but there’s also a lot of superfluous fluff. In all, it’s far from my favourite Best Picture, but it’s definitely not the worst.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233