|John Lone||Emperor (Henry) Pu Yi|
|Joan Chen||Empress (Elizabeth) Wan Jung|
|Peter O'Toole||Reginald Fleming 'R.J.' Johnston|
|Ying Ruocheng||The Governor|
|Victor Wong||Chen Pao Shen|
|Dennis Dun||Big Li, valet|
|Maggie Han||Eastern Jewel|
This sweeping account of the life of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, follows the leader's tumultuous reign. After being captured by the Red Army as a war criminal in 1950, Pu Yi recalls his childhood from prison. He remembers his lavish youth in the Forbidden City, where he was afforded every luxury but unfortunately sheltered from the outside world and complex political situation surrounding him. As revolution sweeps through China, the world Pu Yi knew is dramatically upended.