China’s Emperor Culture in Subtitle Translation: A Case Study of The Last Emperor

Chunhua YANG


The Last Emperor directed by Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci tells about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China, in the Forbidden City. It reveals the supreme power enjoyed by an emperor in China, explores how the health of an emperor is cared for and shows how important is the death of an emperor to his people. By analyzing subtitle translation related to the power, the health and the death of the emperor in the film, the author aims at giving the reader a better understanding of China’s emperor culture and draws translator’s attention to the faithful and adequate reproduction of the cultural information implied in the source subtitles.


Puyi; Emperor; Death; Power; Health; Culture information; Subtitle translation

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DVD of The Last Emperor (1987). Beijing, China: China Film Audio and Video Publishing House.

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Yu, S. P. (1981). Record of Sun Dianying robbing the Dongling imperial mausoleum. Forbidden City, (4), 35-37.



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