The movie ‘The Last Emperor’ is a strange epic as the movie represents a completely passive character. It was a different kind of movie where the lead character didn’t have an opportunity to be a hero. It isn’t wrong to say that Pu Yi was an emperor for nothing. He was a king with no powers. Not even for a single moment, he lived his life as an emperor and was just a victim. In the movie he was exploited in order to solve the purpose of other people. He didn’t get any value which he actually deserved.
The movie replicates the powerlessness of an abducted emperor. Right from his childhood till death, he has to face pain and was victimized at each and every point of his life. The scenes of his childhood and during the times of the later part of his life seems to be interrelated as he didn’t had any power in the childhood and later on he was seized and was movie to the re-education camp. The helplessness of the emperor is reflected in the last scenes where he works as the gardener and he feels the happiest (Baschiera & Stefano, 2014).
In one of the most pitiful scenes of the movie, the child Pu Yi is given a bicycle which he rides out of the excitement and reaches to the gates of the palace where he is stopped by his guards as he was an emperor who had no right to go out of his palace. The scenes of imprisonment of the emperor are quite ironic. The movie has been shot in the epic locations such as the People’s Republic of China and the Forbidden City itself which was built in an area of over 250 acres and had 9999 rooms. The movie locations makes the tale more painful and enhances the perception which the movie reflected. Some of the locations used for the movie are astonishing. The authentic costumes and the use of thousands of extras further makes the movie more realistic and ironical.