1 videodisc (165 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (12 pages : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Originally produced as an international motion picture in 1987.
Special features: Commentary [optional audio feature]; Trailer (3 min.); booklet features the essay "The Last Emperor: or the Manchurian Candidate" by David Thomson.
Restrictions on Access
Educational and home use only.
Photography by Vittorio Storaro ; editor, Gabriella Cristiani ; music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne and Cong Su; production designer, Ferdinando Scarfiotti ; costume designer, James Acheson.
John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ying Ruocheng, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Wu Jun Mei, Maggie Han, Ric Young, Jade Go, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ryuichi Sakamoto.
A dramatic history of Aisin-Gioro "Henry" Pu Yi, who at the age of three became the last of the Emperors of China. Chronicles his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, as the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; and his exploitation by the invading Japanese as the ruler of Manchukuo from 1932 to 1945. He returned to public life in 1959, just another peasant worker in the People's Republic, and died as a gardener at the Botanical Gardens of Peking.
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital surround sound; widescreen presentation, director approved aspect ratio 2.00:1, enhanced for 16:9 televisions; restored, high-definition digital transfer.
In English, Chinese, and Japanese, with optional subtitles in English.
Academy Awards, 1988: Best Sound: Bill Rowe, Ivan Sharrock; Art Direction-Set Decoration: Ferdinando Scarfiotti, Bruno Cesari, Osvaldo Desideri; Costume Design: James Acheson; Music, Original Score: Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su; Cinematography: Vittorio Storaro; Film Editing: Gabriella Cristiani; Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: Mark Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci; Picture: Jeremy Thomas; Director: Bernardo Bertolucci (USA) and 1988 David di Donatello Awards for Best Production Design, Costume Design, Cinematography, Editing, Screenplay, Producer, Director, Film, and Best Supporting Actor (Migliore Attore non Protagonista): Peter O'Toole (Italy)