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The Last Emperor

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Original title
The Last Emperor
Running time
156 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci, Enzo Ungari (Autobiography: Puyi)
Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su
Vittorio Storaro
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Co-production United Kingdom-Italy-China; Columbia Pictures / Hemdale / TAO Film / Recorded Picture Company (RPC) / Yanco Films Limited / Screenframe / AAA Soprofilms / China Film Group
Drama | Historical. Biography. Epic film
Synopsis / Plot
THE LAST EMPEROR is the true story of Pu Yi, the last monarch of a China that changed drastically during his lifetime. Though he comes to power at the age of three and is waited on hand and foot by an army of servants and consorts, Pu Yi is politically powerless. His life becomes a tortuous struggle with this reality, as he is used as a puppet by the Japanese and later reeducated by the communists. Bernardo Bertoluccis award-winning film is epic, lavish, and poignant.
1987: 9 Academy Awards, including Best Movie and Director. 9 nominations
1988: 3 BAFTA Awards, including Best Movie. 12 nominations
1987: 4 Golden Globes, including Best Drama Movie. 5 nominations
1987: David di Donatello Awards: 9 awards, including Best Film. 10 nominations
1987: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Cinematographer
1987: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Cinem. & Music Score. 3 Nom.
1987: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
1987: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
1987: César Awards: Best Foreing Film
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