The Last Emperor (Blu-ray Disc)

by Criterion Collection
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ITEM#: 11483554

Although it is 160 minutes long and shot with breathtaking scope and sumptuousness, Bernardo Bertolucci's film is a story about claustrophobia. Pu Yi, the Manchurian emperor of China who ascended the throne in 1908 at the age of three, is a prisoner in the palace he rules over. Outside, real power changes hands with each coup d'etat. Pu Yi grows to manhood, is tutored by a Westerner (Peter O'Toole), and marries a gorgeous princess (Joan Chen). However, the adult Pu Yi (John Lone) is destined for a communist reeducation camp when the war is over. From start to finish, Pu Yi is a passive antihero who can never come to grips with the idea that the absolute power conferred on him as a child was only a mirage. The mistakes Pu Yi made trying to realize that power, especially collaborating with the Japanese during the war, provide Bertolucci with the chance to explore his familiar theme of collaboration and its moral consequences (as he did in THE CONFORMIST and 1900). In the end, Pu Yi seems to have reached a kind of peace, and the terrible waste of a special man's life disappears into a drab, grey-clad Beijing.

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UPC 715515033725
Studio Criterion
Format Blu-ray Disc
Extra Info Criterion Collection
Genre Drama
Rating Restricted
Dimensions 5.5" x 0.4" x 6.75" WxHxD
Weight 0.3 lbs
Stars Peter O'Toole, Joan Chen, Dennis Dun, Victor Wong, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, John Lone
Directors Bernardo Bertolucci
Country of Origin United States

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