There is some comfort in the emptiness of the sea, no past, no future.
My thanks, on behalf of those who died in the name of better mechanical amusements and commercial opportunities.
I know why you don't talk. You're angry. You're angry because they make you wear a dress.
I just realized, I've been remiss. Forgive me, I forgot to thank you for looking out for me yesterday. That is your job, correct? Protecting me. Well done 'Bob.' You don't mind if I call you Bob, do you? I knew a Bob once; God, he was ugly as a mule. Are you a ladies man, Bob?
If you believe me to be your enemy, command me, and I will gladly take my life.
Many of our customs seem strange to you. And the same is true of yours. For example, not to introduce yourself is considered extremely rude, even among enemies.
I have introduced myself. You have introduced yourself. This is a very good conversation.
The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.
When I took these from you, you were my enemy...
Perfect. They... are all... perfect...
We must resist the Western powers by becoming powerful ourselves. Our army and our economy must be strong.
If Katsumoto attracts other samurai to his cause, we will have 10 years of rebellion. This is something I will not allow. Either I will stop him at the council today or you will lead my army against him. And with these new weapons, you will crush him.
Bring out the new gun!...Quickly!...Quickly!...Fire!...Idiots keep on firing! Kill Katsumoto and kill the American!
I dreamed of a unified Japan. Of a country strong and independent and modern... Now we have railroads and cannon and Western clothing. But we cannot forget who we are. Or where we come from.
And so the days of the Samurai had ended. Nations, like men, it is sometimes said, have their own destiny. As for the American Captain, no one knows what became of him. Some say that he died of his wounds. Others, that he returned to his own country. But I like to think he may have at last found some small measure of peace, that we all seek, and few of us ever find.