Last Emperor, The

Lists: Drama, Biopic, Historical, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1980s, Epic, Best Picture nominee 1980 to 1989

Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 890 (Rank from 1987: # 7)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 25%
Half-Popped 25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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People Involved

  • John Lone (Pu Yi)
  • Peter OToole (Reginal Flemming Johnson)
  • Joan Chen (Wang Jung)
  • Dennis Dun (Big Li)
  • Ryûichi Sakamoto (Amakasu)
  • Ruocheng Ying (Governor)
  • Victor Wong (Chen Pao Shen)
  • Maggie Han (Eastern Jewel)
  • Ric Young (Interrogator)
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Chang)
  • Fumihiko Ikeda (Yoshioka)
  • Bernardo Bertolucci (Director)
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