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: There is Life in every breath... Katsumoto
: That is, Bushido.
: I have introduced myself. You have introduced yourself. This is a very good conversation.
: And who was your general? Algren
: Don't you have a rebellion to lead? Katsumoto
: People in your country do not like conversation? Algren
: He was a lieutenant colonel. His name was Custer. Katsumoto
: I know this name. He killed many warriors Algren
: Oh, yes. Many warriors. Katsumoto
: So he was a good general. Algren
: No. No, he wasn't a good general. He was arrogant and foolhardy. And he got massacred because he took a single battalion against two thousand angry Indians. Katsumoto
: Two thousand Indians? How many men for Custer? Algren
: Two hundred and eleven. Katsumoto
: I like this General Custer. Algren
: He was a murderer who fell in love with his own legend. And his troopers died for it. Katsumoto
: I think this is a very good death. Algren
: Well, maybe you can have one just like it someday.
: I killed her husband? Katsumoto
: It was a good death.
: You believe a man can change his destiny? Algren
: I think a man does what he can, until his destiny is revealed.
: Well, they won't surrender.
] What do you want from me? Katsumoto
: What do you want for yourself?
: I have questions. Katsumoto
: Questions come later.
: When I took this, you were my enemy.
] What the hell am I doing here?
['Bob' rushes up, about to draw his sword and kill Algren, but Katsumoto gestures for him to stop
: In spring the snows will melt and the passes will open. Until that time, you are here.
: This is my son's village. We are deep in the mountains, and the winter is coming. You cannot escape. Nobutada
: Jolly Good.
: How's your poem coming? Katsumoto
: The end is proving difficult.
: The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.
: Who sent those men to kill you? Was it the Emperor? Omura? Katsumoto
: If The Emperor wishes my death, he has but to ask. Algren
: So it was Omura.
: There was once a battle at a place called Thermopylae, where three hundred brave Greeks held off a Persian army of a million men... a million, you understand this number? Katsumoto
: I understand this number.
[With his dying breath
: Perfect... They are all... perfect...
[Katsumoto hands a samurai sword to Algren, it has a message written on it
: What does it say? Katsumoto
: "I belong to the warrior in whom the old ways have joined the new."
[Algren and Katsumoto ride up to Bagley, who sees that Algren has turned against him
] Colonel Bagley
: Good God... Sir, the Imperial Army of Japan demands your surrender. If you and your fellas lay down your arms, you will not be harmed. Katsumoto
: This is not possible, as Mr. Omura knows. Colonel Bagley
: Captain Algren. We will show you no quarter. You ride against us, and you're the same as they are. Algren
: I'll look for you on the field.
: What do you want? Katsumoto
: To know my enemy. Algren
: I've seen what you do to your enemies. Katsumoto
: The warriors in your country do not kill? Algren
: They don't cut the heads off defeated, kneeling men. Katsumoto
: General Hasegawa asked me to help him end his life. A samurai cannot stand the shame of defeat. I was honored to cut off his head.
: 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.
: [Algren has just walked into Katsumoto's house, after being beaten thoroughly by Uijo
] Uijo is teaching you the way of the Japanese sword. Algren
] Yes indeed.
: What happened to the warriors at Thermopylae? Algren
: Dead to the last man.
: You fought against your Red Indians? Algren
: Yes. Katsumoto
: Tell me of your part in this war. Algren
: Why? Katsumoto
: I wish to learn. Algren
: Read a book. Katsumoto
: I would rather have a good conversation.
: The Emperor could not hear my words. His army will come. For nine hundred years, my ancestors have protected our people. Now... I have failed them. Algren
: So you will take your own life? In shame? Shame for a life of service? Discipline? Compassion? Katsumoto
: The way of the Samurai is not necessary anymore. Algren
: Necessary? What could be more necessary? Katsumoto
: I will die by the sword. My own, or my enemy's. Algren
: Then let it be your enemy's.
: If I am no use, I will happily end my life. Emperor Meiji
: No, I need your voice in the Council. Katsumoto
: It is your voice we need, Highness. You are a living god. Do what you think is right. Emperor Meiji
] I am a living god, as long as I do what *they* think is right. Katsumoto
: What sad words you speak.
: What else has she told you? Katsumoto
: That you have nightmares. Algren
: Every soldier has nightmares. Katsumoto
: Only one who is ashamed of what he has done. Algren
: You have no idea what I have done.
: You do not have to die here. Algren
: I should have died so many time before.