The Last Emperor

1987 film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

The Last Emperor is a biographical historical movie filmed and released in 1987.

The Last Emperor
Directed byBernardo Bertolucci
Screenplay by
  • Mark Peploe
  • Bernardo Bertolucci
Based onFrom Emperor to Citizen: The Autobiography of Aisin-Gioro Puyi
1960 autobiography
by Puyi
Produced byJeremy Thomas
CinematographyVittorio Storaro
Edited byGabriella Cristiani
Music by
  • Hemdale Film Corporation
  • Recorded Picture Company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • 4 October 1987 (1987-10-04) (Tokyo)
  • 23 October 1987 (1987-10-23) (Italy)
  • 26 February 1988 (1988-02-26) (United Kingdom)
Running time
163 minutes[1]
  • United Kingdom
  • Italy
  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Japanese
Budget$23.8 million
Box office$79 million[2]
Filming of The Last Emperor in the Forbidden City

The movie follows the life of Puyi, who was the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty and later the emperor of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo.[3]



This movie was a collaboration by Italy, China, and the United Kingdom. It was entirely filmed in China, most notably in the Forbidden City in Beijing, as well as in Dalian and in Changchun.



The Last Emperor received Golden Globe Awards.[4]

The movie won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "THE LAST EMPEROR (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 16 November 1987. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  2. "The Last Emperor". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. Bernstein, Richard. "Is 'The Last Emperor' Truth or Propaganda?" New York Times, May 8, 1988; retrieved 2012-6-12.
  4. "'Last Emperor' Wins 4 Golden Globe Awards," New York Times, January 25, 1988; retrieved 2012-6-12.
  5., "The 60th Academy Awards (1988) Nominees and Winners" Archived 2014-10-01 at the Wayback Machine; "The Oscar Winners," New York Times, April 12, 1988; retrieved 2012-6-12.

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