A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People’s Republic.


John Lone Emperor Puyi
Peter O’Toole Reginal Flemming Johnson
Joan Chen Wang Jung
Vivian Wu Wen Hsiu
Dennis Dun Big Li
Ruocheng Ying Governor
Victor Wong Chen Pao Shen
Maggie Han Eastern Jewel
Ric Young Interrogator
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Chang
Richard Vuu Puyi, Age 3 Years
Tsou Tijger Puyi, Age 8 Years
Lisa Lu Tzu Hsui
Henry O Lord Chamberlain
Constantine Gregory Oculist
Yu Li Second High Consort
Ryuichi Sakamoto Amakasu
Daxing Zhang Tough Warder
Chen Kaige Captain of Imperial Guard
Fumihiko Ikeda Yoshioka
Tao Wu Puyi, Age 15 Years
Hideo Takamatsu General Ishikari
Basil Pao Prince Chun
Shi Liang
Shu Chen Chang Chinghui


Director of Photography Vittorio Storaro
Production Design Ferdinando Scarfiotti
Producer John Daly
Producer Jeremy Thomas
Original Music Composer David Byrne
Screenplay Bernardo Bertolucci
Director Bernardo Bertolucci
Still Photographer Angelo Novi
Costume Design James Acheson
Screenplay Mark Peploe
Producer Franco Giovale
Producer Joyce Herlihy
Original Music Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto
Editor Gabriella Cristiani
Sound Designer Bill Rowe
Sound Designer Ivan Sharrock
Screenplay Enzo Ungari
Production Design Bruno Cesari
Author Aisin-Gioro Puyi
Casting Joanna Merlin
Art Direction Gianni Giovagnoni
Art Direction Maria-Teresa Barbasso
Special Effects Gino De Rossi
Hair Designer Iole Cecchini
Music Cong Su

Country: China
Studio & Production Companies: Recorded Pictures Company Hemdale Film Corporation
Runtime: 163 minutes
Release Date: 1987-05-27