The Last Emperor details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Dennis Dun, Victor Wong, Ryuichi Sakamato, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||SECOND SIGHT FILMS LTD.|
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The Last Emperor
|Run time:||2 hours 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Oct 1999|
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An interesting view on an individual piece of historyBy a customer from Epsom, England , 09 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]An interesting cross between a character piece and historical documentary. It follows the life of the Last Emperor from spoilt childhood through partying early adulthood to liason with the Japanese and eventual imprisonment by the Communists.
We are often viewing his life either from the perspective of his English tutor or from him remembering his early life from prison. So the early years are also treated with the perspective of an outsider either in time or station in life. A long film but one that will keep your interest in the detail of his life.
If you have children ignore the 15 rating this was before 12 certificates were created and I remember being taken to see it by my parents when I was 12 and finding it facinating and not at all shocking. There is only a very small amount of breast feeding and other minor nudity consistent with the story.
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Truly MesmorisingBy CW97 (6 reviews) , 08 Sep 2013Great film, a true historical epic and I enjoyed how long it lasted you are able to get a real feeling through his eyes of his whole life, without feeling that you have missed parts. The fact that it is base on real events is even better.
True EpicBy a customer , 03 Apr 2013Although a little slow, visually stunning and a compelling series of storylines. . This is a true epic in which Peter O'Toole has a powerful cameo. Returned to it after 20 years...wished I'd watched it earlier.
A film not about history, but institutional mindsetsBy prach (11 reviews) , 26 Apr 2012I watched this film to learn about history. And on that front, I didn't get what I wanted. But I got even more interesting things. Rather than telling us about hard historical facts, the film tells us about the mindsets of people in different institutions.
Emperor Pu Yi, crowned when he was three and raised within the confines of the Forbidden Palace and its strict traditions, is portrayed as a man whose life was determined by events much greater than himself, a man who was the channel of all forces, both internal and external to the institution he occupies - forces so great that they allowed no room for him to have any initiative of his own.
Occasionally he has the illusion that he can have some initiative and realise it. But this was only when it was convenient for institutions around him to allow him to do so. So Pu Yi's life is a sorry one. It is defined and fated by the position it was born in. It's a fate that Pu Yi could not escape even by abdication.
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Award winning classicBy o0_PsyMonk3y_0o (3 reviews) from Hove , 26 Mar 2012A really great historical film based on the life of the last emperor of china and even though this film is long its not noticed as your so engrossed in the story and the life of the last emperor from child to graying old man.
I would recommend this film to anyone as its one film i'd say everyone should watch at some point so give it a watch. ;)
9 Academy Awards , 3 Baftas , 4 Golden Globes
the last emperorBy lukasz84 (75 reviews) , 17 Aug 2011it is quite a task to insert an intimate, detailed psychological study of a character at the centre of a sweeping historical epic. but such challenge, precisely, seems to be the ambition of mr bertolucci in the last emperor. once the canvas achieve such gigantic size, one must be super cautious not to lose focus and studying the director's struggle makes for a very engaging viewing. the mere scope of the enterprise is breath-taking. the film's political commentary is nicely restrained, whislt sophisticatedly bitter-sweet. visual indulgences are extravagant and thoroughly worthwhile.
an important lesson in history and movie-making alike.