Films about Bao Dai, Pho Nghi, Cleopatra not only represent personal tragedy and dynastic history but also depict the collapse of an entire institution that has existed for many centuries. Because they are both the last king to rule their country.
King of the South half-life wandering in the West
Aired nearly 2 decades ago, up to now, Candle of the Palace is still the leading Vietnamese historical drama series. The film gathers hundreds of actors, spends nearly two thousand costumes with shooting scenes spread across three regions as well as several locations in China and France. The meticulousness and meticulousness in the film are also put on top. A scene where King Bao Dai signed his name in a few seconds on the screen also took the actor months to practice signing exactly like the king.
Revolving around the life of King Bao Dai, 45 episodes of Candlestick Palace recreate and explain the inevitable collapse of the Nguyen Dynasty before history turned a new page with the August Revolution of 1945. depicts the intense flow of history: from political changes, the establishment of a new cabinet, the French colonialists trying to save the situation to the abdication of Bao Dai, from the event of Golden Week to the event President Ho Chi Minh invited Bao Dai to Hanoi as an adviser, the inauguration of the Martial Arts School in Da Lat, the struggle between factions and the puppet government of the President Bao Dai… Inevitably, even a king becomes small, wobbly, indeterminate and sometimes looks like a false existence.
Huynh Anh Tuan as Bao Dai.
The film ends with a letter from Queen Nam Phuong to the king before she died. The last line of the letter “But unfortunately” as a summary for the life of the last king of the Nguyen Dynasty. The film depicts quite successfully the image of King Bao Dai being amorous, lacking talent, indecisive, both a victim and a criminal. The king lived in exile for more than half his life abroad. Having been pampered in a lavish lifestyle, in old age he had to live in poverty, had to gradually sell his possessions and live on a meager pension.
The film also tells about the love affairs of King Bao Dai, typically the concubine Ngoc Diep (played by Giang My).
In Bao Dai’s story, instead of sympathizing with this character himself, viewers will probably feel even more pity for a period of painful upheaval for the country and for the small destinies caught up in the wheel of history. .
The emperor must buy a ticket to enter his own house
The Last Emperor revolves around the life of King Pu Yi, from his childhood until his imprisonment, then release by the government of the People’s Republic of China, and then spent the last years of his life in China. here as a commoner. The film won all nine awards out of nine nominations at the 1988 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for director Bernardo Bertolucci.
Puyi was pushed to the throne at the age of 3, in 1908. How would a child who has not yet taken care of himself take care of a country? The king’s childhood life revolved around the Forbidden City, where he was a king but also a prisoner. It seems that his whole life he always lived in the arrangement of others, starting from the order to ascend to the throne of Empress Dowager Cixi, to the arrangement of the internal organs, the ministers… Not allowed to step foot. Outside, Pu Yi was also unaware of the undercurrents emerging beyond the Forbidden City walls. He became a puppet king, lacking knowledge of the outside world and vulnerable.
Puyi ascended the throne at the age of 3.
The day Puyi saw the sky outside the Forbidden City, he and his two wives were expelled from the palace. Later, he accepted the invitation of the Japanese to manage a territory, with the desire to take revenge against Sun Dien Anh, who had unearthed Emperor Qianlong and Empress Dowager Tu Xi. He did not know that he would become a puppet for the Japanese army and be controlled for many years.
Then when the Japanese army was defeated, Pu Yi was imprisoned again as a traitor to the nation. For 10 years, he lived in prison and was only released through the amnesty of Mao Zedong. He lived the last years of his life in poverty and illness in the midst of a rapidly changing Chinese society. Pu Yi is both a criminal of the dynasty, of the nation, and a victim of the times.
Ton Long as Pho Nghi as an adult.
The most touching image for viewers is the scene where Pho Nghi buys tickets to visit the Forbidden City. The last king of China had to pay to enter the house where he was born and raised. The tragedy of Pho Nghi is the tragedy of an era and a people. But the era will be transferred, the nation will revive and move on, and the name Pho Nghi will forever squirm in the middle of the accidental flow of history even after he passed away.
The ambition of the queen has timeless beauty
Cleopatra’s legendary beauty, her love triangle with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony made many people forget that she was the last Pharaoh, the last king of Egypt.
Cleopatra’s tragedy stems from the ambitions of the Roman Empire, from her own ambitions and from the men who passed through her life. Everything was put on the scale by Cleopatra hoping to reach the peak of power, then she was crushed by power and ambition, taking everything away.
There are more than 20 films about this queen, but the most prominent of them is Cleopatra, the classic 1963 film starring Elizabeth Taylor.
Elizabeth Taylor created a fever with Cleopatra, and became a world beauty icon.
The film begins when Julius Caesar leads the Roman army to Egypt in pursuit of his enemies, where his enemies want to enlist the support of Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII as well as Phraoh’s sister Cleopatra. When the Romans took power, Cleopatra successfully persuaded Caesar to help her take the throne. The couple had a son, Caesarion.
Problems arose when Cleopatra wanted her son to succeed Caesar. She makes a trip to Rome, displaying her luxury and power. But she soon had to furiously return to Egypt when she realized that Caesar intended to adopt her son, Octavian, as his heir, instead of her own child.
Meanwhile, Caesar’s right-hand man, General Mark Antony, intends to attack an eastern land, forced to rely on the help of Egypt. Cleopatra and Mark Antony met, and then fell into a passionate and false love.
Cleopatra later persuaded Antony to continue to lead the army against Octavian. However, Antony’s soldiers abandoned him in the middle of the night. Cleopatra’s servants, deeming him unworthy of the queen, lied that his master was dead. Antony committed suicide and died in Cleopatra’s arms.
Cleopatra’s love affair with Antony fascinated the public of the time.
Although Octavian offered Cleopatra to continue to rule Egypt as a Roman province, the queen knew her son Caesarion had died at Octavian’s hands. She committed suicide with her servants. The once-glorious Egypt was no longer an owner and was annexed to Rome. Cleopatra not only put an end to her life but also to the illustrious Pharaoh dynasties of one of the greatest ancient civilizations in the East.