Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Last Emperor (1987)

The Last Emperor is an interesting period piece about the life of the last emperor of China. Emperor Pu Yi had to have lived one of the stranger lives in history. From the age of three he was raised to believe he was infallible. Can you imagine being a kid who can do no wrong? He is completely isolated in The Forbidden City and has no contact with the outside world. He doesn't even realize that he no longer rules the country until after the Communists have already been in charge for some time. His life takes a number of twists and turns before he ends up in a reeducation camp and is really rather fascinating.

This was a really well done movie and it made me a lot more interested in learning about this period in Chinese history. The acting, plot and feel of the movie are all really good. There's a reason this film won 9 academy awards. If you're interested in period pieces or history you should definitely watch this movie. Even if you aren't, add it to your queue anyway.

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Movie available for streaming until 1/22/2011.

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? I like period pieces and this is supposed to be a really good one, and it was.

Is it artsy? No.

Best thing about the movie? The strange out of place lesbian foot fetish scene.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Looking to be engaged in a really good movie.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 4 Stars.

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