Joe Breal’s review:
Emperor reminds me of Gandhi in that it's an incredibly long film that spans the lifetime of an Asian leader in the first half of the 20th Century. Both are magnificent in scope and have beautiful sets - Emperor was actually shot inside the Forbidden City - which helps ease some of the boredom you'll experience from the lack of action in the plot. If I had to choose between the two films, I'd go with Emperor simply because of the scenes shot in the Forbidden City and the vibrant costumes. Emperor is a good film, but there's just not enough going on for me to get invested in Pu Yi's life. He grows up getting everything he wants and believing he has total power and it's hard to root for him when all that disappears with the rise of the Chinese Republic. I recommend that you see it once, but I wouldn't get your hopes up.