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John Lone as Emperor Pu Yi The Last Emperor

John Lone as Emperor Pu Yi The Last Emperor

John Lone as Emperor Pu Yi The Last Emperor

Pu Yi is one of the 20th Century’s most tragic figures. He was born the sovereign of a vast and ancient empire, only to witness it collapse entirely within his lifetime. Hong Kong actor Lone, in a ridiculously under appreciated performance, portrays Pu Yi as a man desperately clinging to an out-moded sense of tradition. In the end, as an old man visiting the Forbidden City as a tourist, he bequeaths the reigns of power to the new Maoist generation before silently passing into history.