And the Queen give the toast the King, And She said: “Ten Thousands Years”.

Kind of awkward isn’t  it, what on earth you uttered these words.

It’s a scene toward the second half of the movie “The last emperor”, when Pu Yi was installed as the puppet king of Manchuria by the Japanese and his wife who is drunk give the toast.

In the the numerical system, after the unit of thousand, it is followed by million. In the Chinese and the Japanese system, after the thousand, it is followed by the unit Wan is “Ten Thousands”. And with the Shui which mean “ages” or years, Wan Shui is the same meaning as “long live the King”.

Back to the movie, it’s was fit and no questions about the term.

The Last Emperor is a movie about the Pu Yi of Manchu dynasty and the movie started with the Queen TziSi dying and before she died she speak ENGLISH, and in fact all the characters speak English. Surprisingly I found the movie is even better than all the Chinese (Hong Kong) made movies on the same subject. Early in the 80s, I saw a few movies regarding Pu Yi but somehow it’s just lacking of certain value and merely a history drama.

This  masterpiece was directed by Bernardo Bertulucci, plus the soundtrack leads by Ryuichi Sakamoto, It’s successfully depicted the life of a last emperor, going through turbulent time.