The Last Samurai (2003) Poster

Shichinosuke Nakamura: Emperor Meiji



  • Emperor Meiji : [Referring to Katsumoto]  Tell me how he died.

    Algren : [Referring to Katsumoto]  I will tell you how he lived.

  • Emperor Meiji : I have dreamed of a unified Japan. Of a country strong and independent and modern. We have railroads and cannon, Western clothing. But we cannot forget who we are. Or where we come from.

  • 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.

  • Katsumoto : 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 : [ruefully]  I am a living god, as long as I do what *they* think is right.

    Katsumoto : What sad words you speak.

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