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Emperor Meiji: 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.

Simon Graham [closing narration]: 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.

Omura: Katsumoto is an extraordinary man, is he not?
Algren: He is a tribal leader. I've known many of them.
Omura: But none who is samurai. Their ways have greater appeal.

Colonel Bagley: Katsumoto has attacked the railroad next to his province.
Omura: We cannot govern the country in which we cannot travel freely. He must be stopped now. My railroad is priority for this country.

Katsumoto: With this sword I guarded the Emperor...
Omura: We are a nation of laws!
Katsumoto: We are a nation of whores selling ourselves.
Omura: If we are whores, the samurai made us this way!

Omura: Commence firing!.. You see, even the mighty samurai cannot stand up to the howitzers! Signal the attack.
Colonel Bagley: I advise sending in skirmishes first.
Omura: Nonsense! Full attack!

Colonel Bagley: The attack has been stopped.
Omura: Send in rest of the regiment.

Omura: What is this? Cannon, prepare to fire. This is madness. He is going to attack?
Colonel Bagley: Yes.
Omura: He is defeated, he must accept his shame. Kill him, all of them, now!

Nathan Algren: You want me to kill Jappos? I'll kill Jappos.
Colonel Bagley: I'm not asking you to kill anybody.
Nathan Algren: You want me to kill the enemies of Jappos, I'll kill the enemies of Jappos... Rebs, Sioux, Cheyenne... For 500 bucks a month, I'll kill whoever you want. But keep one thing in mind: I'd happily kill you for free.

Nathan Algren: Sergeant Gant, did you hear my order?
Zebulon Gant: I did indeed, sir.
Nathan Algren: Good, then you will obey it. Now!
Zebulon Gant: No disrespect intended, sir, but shove it up your ass.

The Silent Samurai: Algren-san! [rushes in front of Algren to protect him from being shot and takes the bullet]
Nathan Algren: Bob!

Emperor Meiji [about Katsumoto]: Tell me how he died.
Nathan Algren: I will tell you how he lived.

Emperor Meiji: Ambassador Swanbeck, I have concluded that your treaty is NOT in the best interests of my people.
Ambassador Swanbeck: Sir, if I may...
Emperor Meiji: So sorry, but you may not.

Zebulon Gant [to Japanese recruits]: Alright, you little bastards! You will stand up straight or I will personally shit kick every Far Eastern buttock that appear before my eyes!
Nathan Algren: Well done, Sergeant!
Zebulon Gant: When you understand the language, sir, everything falls into place.

Nobutada: Please forgive, too many mind.
Nathan Algren: Too many mind?
Nobutada: Hai. Mind the sword, mind the people watch, mind the enemy, too many mind... [pause] No mind.

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