Maggie Han and Joan Chen in The Last Emperor

This clip shows a scene from Bernardo Bertolucci’s movie called The Last Emperor, an historical drama released in 1987. The film was independently produced by Jeremy Thomas. It opens in 1950, five years after the capture of Puyi by the Red Army when the Soviet Union entered the Pacific War in 1945 and his having been kept in their custody. In the recently established People’s Republic of China, Puyi arrives as a political prisoner and war criminal at the Fushun Prison. Soon after his arrival, Puyi attempts suicide, but is quickly revived and told he must stand trial. Throughout the film there is a series of flashbacks. The F/F couple shown below is formed by Maggie Han (Eastern Jewel) and Joan Chen (Empress Wan Jung).

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