About

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.

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Directed by

Bernardo Bertolucci

Written by

Mark Peploe (Screenplay)
Bernardo Bertolucci (Screenplay)
Enzo Ungari (Screenplay)
Aisin-Gioro Puyi (Author)

Runtime

163 minutes

Country

United Kingdom, Italy, France, China

Language

English

Tagline

He was the Lord of Ten Thousand Years, the absolute monarch of China. He was born to rule a world of ancient tradition. Nothing prepared him for our world of change.

Cast

Keywords

biography arranged marriage world war ii buddhism teacher war experiment suicide based on a true story opium revolution isolation 1950s communism autobiography drug addiction suicide attempt 1930s china 1910s beijing coup d'etat emperor becoming an adult war on drugs 1920s war crimes 1940s japanese occupation decadence dowager manchuria dynasty reeducation camp

Photos

Lists

#747 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Awards

Oscar for Best Director Bernardo Bertolucci

Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Bernardo Bertolucci

Oscar for Best Cinematography Vittorio Storaro

Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Ferdinando Scarfiotti