PEKING — Italian movie director Bernardo Bertolucci plans to film the life of China's last emperor in a $20-million production using more than 10,000 costumes, a Peking film official said.
Xu Chunqing, a deputy manager of the China Film Co-production Corp., said the 18-week filming of "The Last Emperor" would start at former imperial residences in Peking and Changchun next April.
The film is based on an autobiography by Henry Pu Yi, who became emperor in 1908 at age 2 and was overthrown in 1911 when the Chinese republic was founded.
In 1934, he became "emperor" of a puppet state in northeast China set up by invading Japanese forces, was later tried as a war criminal in Tokyo and jailed in China for nine years until 1959. He died in 1967.