The Last Emperor

Synopsis: This sweeping account of the life of Pu-Yi, the last emperor of China, follows the leader's tumultuous reign. After being captured by the Red Army as a war criminal in 1950, Pu-Yi recalls his childhood from prison. He remembers his lavish youth in the Forbidden City, where he was afforded every luxury but unfortunately sheltered from the outside world and complex political situation surrounding him. As revolution sweeps through China, the world Pu-Yi knew is dramatically upended.
Director(s): Bernardo Bertolucci
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Won 9 Oscars. Another 47 wins & 16 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
163 min

The war criminals will proceed in

orderly fashion to the main waiting

room and await instructions.

No talking!

Obey the guards!

War criminals must proceed to

the waiting room!

Those caught talking

will be severely punished!

The emperor!

Your majesty. Your majesty. Your majesty.

What do they think they are doing?

Stop! It is dangerous!

Go back, Go back. Go!

Are you mad?!

They could kill us all!

Go! Go!

Open the door!! Open the door!!

Open the door!! Open the door!!


By the command of Her lmperial Majesty,

also call, the compassionate,

and the Blessed, the Respectful

and the Long-Living,

the Empress Dowager commands

Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi,

son of Prince Chun,

shall be transferred immediately to the

Forbidden City and will remain in the

great within,

awaiting Her

Majesty's decision. Respect this!

Ar Mo. I am giving your my son.

My son is your son!

Quick! Quick!

I want to go home!

Look, look at all the camels.

Unlook at the Forbidden City!

Give him to me.

Ar Mo!

Pu Yi, come here.

How small you are. Are you

afraid of me? Everyone is.

I am the Grand Empress Dowager.

And I have lived here for a long, long time.

And they call me the old Buddha.

This is Peony. Do you like her?

Men, you know, are not allowed

in the Forbidden City after dark.

Even little men like you!

The only man who can live here is

the Emperor.

But the Emperor is on high,

riding the dragon, now!

He died today!


These other men, they're not real men.

They're all eunuchs.

And now, they're all wait for me to die.

That is why they're putting my

bed in the middle of the room,

under the black pearl.

Little Pu Yi, I have decide

that you will be the new Lord

of Ten-Thousand years.

You will be the Son of Heaven.

Are we going home, Papa?

Sssh! Sssh! Sssh!

It will soon be over.




Cricket! Cricket! Where's the cricket?!

Ahh, he is my friend, Your Majesty.

Safe and warm under my arm.

Kept me company on the long journey here.

Ahh, see? He is kowtowing to

Your Majesty.

Now, he can be

the Emperor's Cricket!

You Majesty, this is the

Forbidden City.

Ah, look! This little one is Your Majesty's

bedroom. This is where we are.

Am I going home, today?!

Not today, not yet. A-And

here, look

This is the Hall of Supreme Harmony

where Your Majesty was crowned.

I give Your Majesty the Gate of

Marshall Valor.

I give you the maju-gate the... gate!


Yes. And the Palace with

he Loudest Heaven... and... yes.

Your Majesty, your lmperial

bath is ready!

I don't like baths! I don't like

baths! I don't like baths!

No beam curd today and no


Is it true I can do anything

I want?

Of course, Your Majesty!

Anything you want. You are

the Lord of Ten Thousand Years.

Oh!! Oh! Oh! No! Not in my

face! Oh! Oh, no! No!

I'm the Son of Heaven!

I'm the Son of Heaven!

Yes! Oh, yes!

/I am the Son of Heaven!

Ar Mo! I want to go home!

I want to go home, I want to go home!

I want to go home, Ar Mo!

I want to go home.

Once upon a time, there was

a great tree and a great wind.

The tree and the wind were

always fighting.

His soup is getting cold!

Where am I?

In the people's Republic of China.

Why did you stop me?

You are a criminals!

You must be judged?

I repeat.

Prisoners going to their cells

will walk with their heads bowed.

Keep your eyes on the ground!

No looking forward or to the side!

The guards will give you directions

and tell you when to turn!

Pu Chieh.

Your guest is waiting to meet you.

You Majesty.

Also your mother has arrived.

You have not seen your mother

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Mark Peploe

Mark Peploe (born 1943 in Kenya) is a screenwriter and film director. He is the brother of Clare Peploe. more…

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