History Film / TheLastEmperor

23rd Jan '16 1:57:55 AM JulianLapostat
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Pu Yi lashes out noting that everyone wanted to use him all his life and even the Communists are no different, trying to make him a useful citizen. To which the governor replies:
--> "Is that so bad? To be useful?"


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* ChummyCommies: The Detention centre overseer (played by Ying Ruocheng) who oversees Pu-Yi's re-education genuinely seeks to help him take responsibility and become a good citizen. Pu Yi slowly matures and undergoes CharacterDevelopment under his care. Bertolucci noted that this made the Chinese different from [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution the French]] and [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Russian revolutionaries]], both of whom [[TheKingslayer killed their kings]].
* DirtyCommies: The film shows the early stirrings of Mao's Cultural Revolution and Pu Yi is shocked to see that his kindly and genuinely committed overseer becomes a target for re-education by the young kids of this movement. Bertolucci who is a Marxist and had flirted with Maoism as a youth intended this as a TakeThatMe.
4th May '15 12:42:56 AM BatmanKalEl
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* StarMakingRole: Creator/JohnLone, and Creator/JoanChen in particular, who's now an award-winning director as well.
4th May '15 12:42:05 AM BatmanKalEl
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* DeletedScene: The theatrical release had a few, including the answer to the mouse question. [[spoiler:It's not a pretty scene.]]
20th Apr '15 10:15:57 PM Morgenthaler
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* ImperialJapan: pushes Pu-Yi around.
6th Apr '15 8:00:39 PM KingClark
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A 1987 film directed and co-written by Creator/BernardoBertolucci, ''The Last Emperor'' was the {{biopic}} of Pu-yi, [[TitleDrop The Last Emperor]] of China. Its story, based on his autobiography, tells how Pu-yi ascended to the throne at the age of three. In his brief reign, he was confined to the Forbidden City, not knowing of the world of his people. When he is forced to abdicate at nine, the rest of Pu-yi's life is one of desolation and impoverishment. After serving as the ruler of a [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese puppet government of China]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, he becomes a political prisoner of the Soviets and then of the Communist Chinese. When finally released in the 1960's, Pu-yi dies in obscurity...

This proved very successful at the Oscars, winning all nine of its nominations, including Best Picture, tying the record set by ''{{Film/Gigi}}'' nearly thirty years earlier.

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A 1987 film directed and co-written by Creator/BernardoBertolucci, ''The Last Emperor'' was the {{biopic}} of Pu-yi, Pu-Yi, [[TitleDrop The Last Emperor]] of China. Its story, based on his autobiography, tells how Pu-yi Pu-Yi ascended to the throne at the age of three. In his brief reign, he was confined to the Forbidden City, not knowing of the world of his people. When he is forced to abdicate at nine, the rest of Pu-yi's Pu-Yi's life is one of desolation and impoverishment. After serving as the ruler of a [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese puppet government of China]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, he becomes a political prisoner of the Soviets and then of the Communist Chinese. When finally released in the 1960's, Pu-yi Pu-Yi dies in obscurity...

This proved very successful at the Oscars, winning all nine of its nominations, including Best Picture, tying the record set by ''{{Film/Gigi}}'' ''Film/{{Gigi}}'' nearly thirty years earlier.



* AsYouKnow: The governor helpfully tells Pu Yi, and the audience, that the Japanese put a puppet state in Manchuria called Manchukuo and even tells the date, even though Pu Yi knew all that because he was there at the time.

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* AsYouKnow: The governor helpfully tells Pu Yi, Pu-Yi, and the audience, that the Japanese put a puppet state in Manchuria called Manchukuo and even tells the date, even though Pu Yi knew all that because he was there at the time.



* BreakTheHaughty: Numerous examples, but the whole movie is basically about Pu Yi's journey from emperor to gardener. Pu Yi's prison experience results in CharacterDevelopment.

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* BreakTheHaughty: Numerous examples, but the whole movie is basically about Pu Yi's Pu-Yi's journey from emperor to gardener. Pu Yi's Pu-Yi's prison experience results in CharacterDevelopment.



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Pu Yi's mother. And much later, the Japanese officer that pushed Pu Yi around.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Pu Yi's [[spoiler:Pu-Yi's mother. And much later, the Japanese officer that pushed Pu Yi Pu-Yi around.]]



* HowWeGotHere: The film starts as Pu-yi returns to China as a prisoner and it works its way backwards.
* ImperialJapan: pushes Pu Yi around.
* ImportantHaircut: Pu Yi gets rid of his Manchu Queue.
* KickedUpstairs: What the movie doesn't say is that, after getting deposed, Pu-yi is put on the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a multi-party "advisory body" to the Chinese Government.

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* HowWeGotHere: The film starts as Pu-yi Pu-Yi returns to China as a prisoner and it works its way backwards.
* ImperialJapan: pushes Pu Yi Pu-Yi around.
* ImportantHaircut: Pu Yi Pu-Yi gets rid of his Manchu Queue.
* KickedUpstairs: What the movie doesn't say is that, after getting deposed, Pu-yi Pu-Yi is put on the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a multi-party "advisory body" to the Chinese Government.



* LonelyRichKid: Pu-yi.

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* LonelyRichKid: Pu-yi.Pu-Yi.



* {{Polyamory}}: Pu Yi marries Wan Rong and has Wen Xiu as his First Concubine, [[spoiler:and things don't go very well]].

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* {{Polyamory}}: Pu Yi Pu-Yi marries Wan Rong and has Wen Xiu as his First Concubine, [[spoiler:and things don't go very well]].



* PuppetKing: Pu-yi as the emperor of Manchukuo.

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* PuppetKing: Pu-yi Pu-Yi as the emperor of Manchukuo.



* RoyalWe: Pu Yi when emperor of Manchukuo.

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* RoyalWe: Pu Yi Pu-Yi when emperor of Manchukuo.
6th Apr '15 7:58:14 PM KingClark
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A 1987 film directed and co-written by Creator/BernardoBertolucci, ''The Last Emperor'' was the biopic of Pu-yi, [[TitleDrop The Last Emperor]] of China. Its story, based on his autobiography, tells how Pu-yi ascended to the throne at the age of three. In his brief reign, he was confined to the Forbidden City, not knowing of the world of his people. When he is forced to abdicate at nine, the rest of Pu-yi's life is one of desolation and impoverishment. After serving as the ruler of a [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese puppet government of China]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, he becomes a political prisoner of the Soviets and then of the Communist Chinese. When finally released in the 1960's, Pu-yi dies in obscurity...

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A 1987 film directed and co-written by Creator/BernardoBertolucci, ''The Last Emperor'' was the biopic {{biopic}} of Pu-yi, [[TitleDrop The Last Emperor]] of China. Its story, based on his autobiography, tells how Pu-yi ascended to the throne at the age of three. In his brief reign, he was confined to the Forbidden City, not knowing of the world of his people. When he is forced to abdicate at nine, the rest of Pu-yi's life is one of desolation and impoverishment. After serving as the ruler of a [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese puppet government of China]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, he becomes a political prisoner of the Soviets and then of the Communist Chinese. When finally released in the 1960's, Pu-yi dies in obscurity...



* BreakTheCutie

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* %%* BreakTheCutie



* {{Biopic}}



* ConvenientMiscarriage: [[spoiler:The Japanese officials' explanation for the death of Wan Rong's love child. [[MoralEventHorizon They poison the baby girl to death as soon as she's born]].]]

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* ConvenientMiscarriage: [[spoiler:The Japanese officials' explanation for the death of Wan Rong's love child. [[MoralEventHorizon They poison the baby girl to death as soon as she's born]].]] born.]]]]



* DepravedBisexual: Eastern Jewel sleeps with everyone, including Empress Wan Rong, in order to gain power. She's finally DrivenToSuicide when the Japanese surrender.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Pu Yi's mother. And much later, the Japanese officer that pushed Pu Yi around.]]
* EunuchsAreEvil

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* DepravedBisexual: Eastern Jewel sleeps with everyone, including Empress Wan Rong, in order to gain power. She's finally DrivenToSuicide when the Japanese surrender.
surrender.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Pu [[spoiler:Pu Yi's mother. And much later, the Japanese officer that pushed Pu Yi around.]]
* %%* EunuchsAreEvil



* HotConsort: Two of them, Empress Wang Rong and First Concubine Wen Xiu. [[spoiler: It doesn't go well, in the end.]]

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* HotConsort: Two of them, Empress Wang Rong and First Concubine Wen Xiu. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It doesn't go well, in the end.]]



* OscarBait
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Pu-Yi wanted a modern wife who could follow the new dances and was educated outside China. He found her in Wang Rong. [[spoiler: But it didn't last.]]
* {{Polyamory}}: Pu Yi marries Wan Rong and has Wen Xiu as his First Concubine, [[spoiler: and things don't go very well]].

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* %%* OscarBait
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Pu-Yi wanted a modern wife who could follow the new dances and was educated outside China. He found her in Wang Rong. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But it didn't last.]]
* {{Polyamory}}: Pu Yi marries Wan Rong and has Wen Xiu as his First Concubine, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and things don't go very well]].



* SceneryPorn: AND HOLY EFFIN' HOW! It was filmed ''in the Forbidden City'' itself.
* UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar

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* SceneryPorn: AND HOLY EFFIN' HOW! It was filmed ''in the Forbidden City'' itself.
* UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar
itself.



* WouldHurtAChild: Bad times for [[spoiler: Wan Rong and her love child.]]

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* WouldHurtAChild: Bad times for [[spoiler: Wan [[spoiler:Wan Rong and her love child.]]
17th Oct '14 11:59:02 PM Sahira
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* TheLastTitle: The title.
1st Mar '14 6:40:10 AM m8e
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* StarMakingRole: John Lone, and JoanChen in particular, who's now an award-winning director as well.

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* StarMakingRole: John Lone, Creator/JohnLone, and JoanChen Creator/JoanChen in particular, who's now an award-winning director as well.
21st Feb '14 2:54:10 PM m8e
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A 1987 film directed and co-written by Bernardo Bertolucci, ''The Last Emperor'' was the biopic of Pu-yi, [[TitleDrop The Last Emperor]] of China. Its story, based on his autobiography, tells how Pu-yi ascended to the throne at the age of three. In his brief reign, he was confined to the Forbidden City, not knowing of the world of his people. When he is forced to abdicate at nine, the rest of Pu-yi's life is one of desolation and impoverishment. After serving as the ruler of a [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese puppet government of China]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, he becomes a political prisoner of the Soviets and then of the Communist Chinese. When finally released in the 1960's, Pu-yi dies in obscurity...

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A 1987 film directed and co-written by Bernardo Bertolucci, Creator/BernardoBertolucci, ''The Last Emperor'' was the biopic of Pu-yi, [[TitleDrop The Last Emperor]] of China. Its story, based on his autobiography, tells how Pu-yi ascended to the throne at the age of three. In his brief reign, he was confined to the Forbidden City, not knowing of the world of his people. When he is forced to abdicate at nine, the rest of Pu-yi's life is one of desolation and impoverishment. After serving as the ruler of a [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese puppet government of China]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, he becomes a political prisoner of the Soviets and then of the Communist Chinese. When finally released in the 1960's, Pu-yi dies in obscurity...
15th Feb '14 10:26:10 AM MHarrington
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* SceneryPorn: AND HOLY SHIT HOW! It was filmed ''in the Forbidden City'' itself.

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* SceneryPorn: AND HOLY SHIT EFFIN' HOW! It was filmed ''in the Forbidden City'' itself.
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