In an another scene of the movie, Pu Yi goes restless by sitting on his Dragon Throne continuously and due to the same he jumps of the seat and runs towards the door of the room. He is obstructed by the vast drapery at first followed by thousands of minions of the emperor who are lined up to kowtow him. Further in the movie, when Pu Yi remains on the throne, there is always a person over his head. One of the scene, where he is thrown out of the Forbidden City represents a great irony. In the scene, he is shown to wear a western dress with a cigarette in his land and he is shown to be leaning on a piano.
The latter half of the movie depicts the brutal condition of PU Yi and his wife. Empress becomes an opium addict and a lesbian and develops a relationship with a lesbian Japanese. The emperor is shown to be living a life of depravity. Everything changes around him when the communists takes over the control over China. After this scene, a viewer expects that the communists should sentence Pu Yi to death, but then he is reeducated. The reason which is provided is that, he does not know any of his activities right from tying his shoes or turning off the tap. In the final seen he is happy to work as a gardener which replicates that being reeducated works positively for him. The movie depicts that how the life of the emperor is made useless and irrelevant unless he is educated. Thus, the movie carries a message of importance of education.
Thus, the ending sequence of the movie is something which is unexpected. In this scene, Pu Yi is shown to visit the Forbidden City which has been opened for the tourists. The emperor observes that a Young Boy sits on the Dragon Throne.