The Last Emperor - Essay

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Asian Studies 102 “The Last Emperor” was a very interesting film, rich in historical truth and an accurate portrayal of past events that occurred in China during the 1900s. The story was very easy to follow and gave a more modernized approach to teaching the impacts of historical proceedings by using the English language but not forgetting to keep the facts in order. This approach gave me the opportunity to see the different actors as if it were truly identical to what this time period was all about. Given that the plot was centralized around Puyi, the last Emperor of China, and the director did an excellent job making the movie fit the timeline. The film moves back and forth from when Puyi was imprisoned as an older man and…show more content…
This shows the respect that families had for each other during this time. He greets his mother for the first time in 7 years and doesn’t recognize her face. She then talks of how she is proud of her son as the Emperor of China. I saw it interesting how ordinary people have to turn away; they are not allowed to look at the Emperor because he is too important. He seems very harsh and demanding even at a young age. He tells his brother he cannot wear imperial yellow because it’s only for the emperor. I noticed how woman seem to be treated poorly in this time period. Puyi’s brother explains that he is not the emperor and the real ruler cut off his queue and drives a vehicle around, referring to the president of the republic of China just on the other side of the forbidden city. Puyi grows angry and tries to prove to his brother that he is the Emperor by making his servant drink some sort of paint. He asks the loyal man who gave him the cricket if he is still the emperor and he explains that he is the emperor only inside the Forbidden City, not the outside. The film skips ahead to his later years in the detention center. We now find out that the strict general from the beginning of the movie is actually the governor. He demands that the prisoners write down their whole life story as a confession. By 1919, China was in turmoil from corrupt government. The film showed protesters with red sashes in
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