YMMV / The Last Emperor

  • Awesome Music: The score composed by David Byrne, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cong Su. Especially the main theme.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Pu-Yi starts as a woobie, becomes a huge jerk (to say it ver, VERY politely), then little by little he returns to woobie state. His Character Development revolves around him taking responsibility for being made a puppet emperor for an imperialist regime and accepting his role in enabling their war crimes.
  • Tear Jerker: All right, the whole movie is a big, giant tear. To wit:
    • The scene with Pu-yi's ghost.
    • The audience just spent 2 hours watching Pu-Yi's tumultous life and the tour guide summarizes his life in 3 sentences.
    • There's the scene where, after Pu-Yi's release, he finds one of the prison wards (and the only one who treated him well) being given a completely undeserved Humiliation Conga for not following the Cultural Revolution's rules. Seeing Pu-Yi attempt to tell the Red Guard in charge that the ward's a good man, only to be called a crazy old man and pushed away, is harrowing...
    • When little Pu-Yi is separated from his nanny, and when he learns what happened to his mother.