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The Last Emperor

The Last Emperor (; ) is a 1987 epic biographical drama film, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, 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. Independently produced by Jeremy Thomas, it was directed by Bertolucci and released in 1987 by Columbia Pictures. 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.

Plot

In 1950, Puyi has been kept in custody for five years, since the Red Army captured him during the Soviet invasion of Manchuria at the end of World War II. In the recently established People's Republic of China, Puyi arrives as a political prisoner and war criminal at the Fushun Prison. Soon after his arrival, Puyi attempts suicide, but is quickly revived and told he must stand trial.

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    award Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Costume Design Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Original Score Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay César Award for Best Foreign Film David di Donatello for Best Film European Film Academy Special Jury Award National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
    contentLocation Shanghai
    director Bernardo Bertolucci
    editor Gabriella Cristiani
    events Puyi
    genre drama historical political
    keywords anglophile baby begin beijing coup capture chen baochen collaboration collaboration with the axis powers concentration of land ownership confine courtier cult of personality cultural revolution dunce cap emperor of china empire of japan empress dowager cixi empress wanrong end end of world eunuch exile expel forbidden city force fushun prison fushun war criminals management centre guangxu emperor japan japanese war crimes landlordism little boy manchukuo mao zedong mukden incident murder opium addiction pentatonic pentatonic scale people\'s republic of china pioneer movement playboy political prisoner previous emperor prison camp proletarian pujie puppet state red army red guard red guards reginald johnston republic republic of china sandwich board scotsman second sino-japanese war son of heaven soviet invasion of manchuria stillborn summon tianjin tientsin tour guide upbringing wanrong war crimes war criminal wartime atrocities committed by the japanese wenxiu western education western-style education wet nurse world war ii young pioneers of china
    musicBy Ryuichi Sakamoto
    nomination Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Costume Design Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Original Score Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
    producer Jeremy Thomas
    productionCompany Hemdale Film Corporation Recorded Picture Company
    publisher Columbia Pictures
    recordedAt Beijing
    theme biographical biographical drama epic war