The Last Emperor

The life of the last Emperor of China, Puyi, has fascinated film makers and historians alike. Set against a backdrop of one of the most tumultuous periods of Chinese history, Puyi was both a participant and a victim of his times.

This documentary reveals Puyi's unorthodox life through the use of rare footage from the period. The Emperor's story began when he assumed the throne at the age of three in 1908. He survived the rebellion against the monarchy and went on to become Emperor of Manchukuo under the support of the Japanese in World War II.

After the War, he was under house arrest in Russia until 1950, repatriated to China, imprisoned and then released. The advent of the Cultural Revolution meant Puyi's life took another turn, suffering physically and emotionally at the hands of the Red Guard, and he died of cancer.

Puyi's story, set against the immense luxury of the Chinese nobility, the decadent 1930s in Tianjin, the upheaval of World War II, the bleakness of prison, plus the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution, reflects the turbulent history of China and its people during the early and middle 20th Century.

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52 mins
Last Emperor
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