This is one of my favorite movie scenes ever. Jean-Pierre nails it with his comment on the warrior ethic and the masculine need to sacrificially serve a higher master.
Michael Lonsdale plays Jean-Pierre, a solitary, sagacious retiree who spends his evenings painstakingly painting and assembling a model reconstruction of the legendary battle of the 47 ronin.
Sam, played by Robert DeNiro, is a CIA operative now entangled in a high level scheme to recover a case and its mysterious contents. Sam is recovering from a bullet wound in Jean-Pierre’s home when he comes upon Jean-Pierre at work in his hobby room.