This is a tough one....
There is much to admire in "The Last Emperor", but it is a movie that I at times found myself pondering the length as it at times would seem to be plodding along as it presented its history lesson. Still, it is clearly both a beautiful and interesting film.
I'm giving it an "8.5"
I think I have two favorite scenes:
The new, young emperor running and frolicking through the colorful banners and legions of faithful as he is introduced to his subjects....Showed his innocence and the absurdity of a toddler ruler while regal in the simple pageantry.
The "reformed" former emperor spying the communist leader who reformed him, now a victim of the changes in the cultural revolution, being driven and humiliated by his juvenile captors and mentors - unknowingly China repeating the absurdity of the children of absolute rule - and illustrating the ironies and mockery of a failed revolution for justice, freedom and rights of the individual.