Bernardo Bertolucci

The Last Emperor

The Last Emperor

Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor won nine Academy Awards, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated—quite a feat for a challenging, multilayered epic directed by an Italian and starring an international cast. Yet the scope of the film was, and remains, undeniably powerful—the life of Emperor Puyi, who took the throne in 1908, at age three, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval within and without the walls of the Forbidden City. Recreating Qing-dynasty China with astonishing detail and unparalleled craftsmanship by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, The Last Emperor is also an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility and political legacy.

Film Info

  • China, United Kingdom, Italy, France
  • 1987
  • 163 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.00:1/2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #422

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 4K digital restoration, presented in the aspect ratio of 2.35:1, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
  • Audio commentary featuring director Bernardo Bertolucci, producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Mark Peploe, and composer-actor Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • 218-minute television version
  • The Italian Traveler, Bernardo Bertolucci, a film by Fernand Moszkowicz tracing the director’s geographic influences, from Parma to China
  • Footage taken by Bertolucci while on preproduction in China
  • Two documentaries about the making of the film
  • Program featuring cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, editor Gabriella Cristiani, costume designer James Acheson, and art director Gianni Silvestri
  • Archival interview with Bertolucci
  • Interviews with composer David Byrne and cultural historian Ian Buruma
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic David Thomson, interviews with production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti and actor Ying Ruocheng, a reminiscence by Bertolucci, and an essay by Fabien S. Gerard

    Cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Aug 13, 2024

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • 4K digital restoration, presented in the aspect ratio of 2.35:1, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
  • Audio commentary featuring director Bernardo Bertolucci, producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Mark Peploe, and composer-actor Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • 218-minute television version
  • The Italian Traveler, Bernardo Bertolucci, a film by Fernand Moszkowicz tracing the director’s geographic influences, from Parma to China
  • Footage taken by Bertolucci while on preproduction in China
  • Two documentaries about the making of the film
  • Program featuring cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, editor Gabriella Cristiani, costume designer James Acheson, and art director Gianni Silvestri
  • Archival interview with Bertolucci
  • Interviews with composer David Byrne and cultural historian Ian Buruma
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic David Thomson, interviews with production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti and actor Ying Ruocheng, a reminiscence by Bertolucci, and an essay by Fabien S. Gerard

    Cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang
The Last Emperor
Cast
John Lone
Pu Yi
Joan Chen
Wan Jung
Peter O'Toole
Reginald Johnston
Ruocheng Ying
Governor
Victor Wong
Chen Pao Shen
Dennis Dun
Big Li
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Amakasu
Maggie Han
Eastern Jewel
Ric Young
Interrogator
Vivian Wu
Wen Hsiu
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Chang
Jade Go
Ar Mo
Fumihiko Ikeda
Yoshioka
Richard Vuu
Pu Yi (3 years)
Tsou Tiger
Pu Yi (8 years)
Tao Wu
Pu Yi (15 years)
Credits
Director
Bernardo Bertolucci
Producer
Jeremy Thomas
Screenplay
Bernardo Bertolucci
Screenplay
Mark Peploe
Editing
Gabriella Cristiana
Editing
Anthony Sloman
Production design
Ferdinando Scarfiotti
Art direction
Maria-Teresa Barbasso
Art direction
Gianni Giovagnoni
Art direction
Gianni Silvestri
Music
David Byrne
Music
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Music
Cong Su
Set decoration
Chunpu Wang
Costume designer
James Acheson
Cinematography
Vittorio Storaro

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