Illuminating one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history, this two-part series documents the life of a curious and tragic figure-Aisin-Gioro Puyi, China's final imperial ruler. Puyi's strange origins and experiences are explored through eyewitness interviews, rare archival footage, and the erstwhile emperor's own written accounts. The decadence of Shanghai during the 1920s and '30s, the upheaval of World War II, the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution, and Puyi's physical and emotional suffering near the end of his life all make up the fascinating story of the Last Emperor-a participant in and a victim of his times. Portions are in Chinese with English subtitles. 2-part series, 52 minutes each.
The Series Includes : A Leaf Blown on the Winds of History: China's Last Emperor, Part One | Long Journey into a Red Sunset: China's Last Emperor, Part Two