Donate

Last Emperor Previous Broadcasts

(1987) (Episode null)

KQED 9: Sat, May 3, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

Academy Award-winning biography about Pu Yi, the last emperor of China. Written by Mark Peploe and co-written and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, it received 9 Oscars and was voted Best Picture in 1987. The film opens in 1950 with Pu Yi's re-entry into the just-proclaimed People's Republic of China. He is a prisoner and war criminal, captured when the Soviet Union entered the Pacific War in 1945. Pu Yi attempts suicide which only renders him unconscious, and in a flashback, he relives his first entry into the Forbidden City. Pu Yi's remarkable story is told through a series of chronological flashbacks beginning with his early life and upbringing in the Forbidden City, his brother's childish challenge to his status of Emperor and his arranged marriage. In the flash-forward to his prison life, Pu Yi is interrogated and shown newsreels of Japanese war crimes in Manchuria and the defeat of Japan, and he realizes his need to assume responsibility for his complicity in Japanese atrocities. The film stars John Lone as Pu Yi and also features Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole and Ric Young.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Channel 9: Sun, May 4, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sun, May 4, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Channel 9: Sat, May 3, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Become a KQED sponsor

TV Technical Issues

TV
    TV Technical Issues
    • KQED Plus on 710 currently dark on Comcast/Xfinity

      We are aware that Comcast/Xfinity is currently not transmitting KQED Plus in HD on channel 710. KQED Plus is airing in SD on channel 10. Comcast is also aware of the issue, and working on fixing it. Thank you for your patience.

    • 3 channels currently dark via Comcast/Xfinity

      We are aware that Comcast/Xfinity is currently not transmitting KQED Plus on channel 10, KQED V-Me on channel 191, or KQED Kids on channel 192. Comcast is also aware of the issue, and working on fixing it. Thank you for your patience.

    • KQED most channels, planned overnight maintenance: early Wed 1/14 midnight-3am

      (includes all DT9, DT54 and DT25 channels, along with most paid signal providers) We will be doing maintenance work in our Master Control area during the overnight hours of late Tues/early Wed 1/14. Work will begin shortly after midnight early Wednesday, and should be done in 2-3 hours, perhaps sooner. This will result in all […]

To view previous issues and how they were resolved, go to our TV Technical Issues page.

KQED DTV Channels

KQED 9

KQED 9
Channels 9.1, 54.2 & 25.1 - Monterey (KQET)
XFINITY 9 and HD 709

All widescreen and HD programs

KQED Plus

KQED +
Channels 54, 54.1, 9.2 & 25.2 - Monterey
XFINITY 10 and HD 710

KQED Plus, formerly KTEH

KQED Life

KQED Life
Channel 54.3
XFINITY 189

Arts, food, how-to, gardening, travel

KQED World

KQED World
Channel 9.3
XFINITY 190

History, world events, news, science, nature

v-me

V-Me
Channel 54.5 & 25.3
XFINITY 191 & 621

24-hour national Spanish-language network

KQED Kids

KQED Kids
Channel 54.4
XFINITY 192

Quality children's programming parents love too