Chungking Express

(Chongqing senlin)

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Cop 223 (Takeshi Kaneshiro) We're all unlucky in love sometimes. When I am, I go jogging. The body loses water when you jog, so you have none left for tears.

Woman in blonde wig (Brigitte Lin) Somehow I've become very cautious. When I put on a raincoat, I put on sunglasses too. Who knows when it will rain, or when it will turn out sunny?

223 We split up on April Fool's Day. So I decided to let the joke run for a month. Every day I buy a can of pineapple with a sell-by date of May 1. May loves pineapple, and May 1 is my birthday. If May hasn't changed her mind by the time I've bought thirty cans, then our love will also expire.

223 goes shopping. Any canned pineapple that expires on May 1?

Cashier You know what day it is today?

223 April 30?

Cashier Right. You think we sell outdated stock?

223 There's still two hours to go.

Cashier Nobody would buy it. Get a fresh one.

223 People like you are hung up on freshness. You realize what goes into a can of pineapple? The fruit must be grown, harvested, sliced, and you just throw it away! How do you think the can feels about that?

Cashier Buddy, I only work here. Who cares about how the cans feel? What about how I feel? Loading, more loading, unloading... How I wish cans wouldn't expire! It'd save me loads of work. You like expired cans? Help yourself! As many as you like! On the house!

223 leaves the store.

223 Somehow everything comes with an expiry date. Swordfish expires. Meat sauce expires. Even cling-film expires. Is there anything in the world which doesn't?

223 gives a can of pineapple to a passing street person. The street person looks at the can and throws it on the ground.

Street person It's expired. Don't want it.

223 You sure?

223 phones some potential dates. Lulu? This is Qiwu. Want to come out for a drink? You're in bed already? This early? You were asleep? Never mind. Bye. (He phones another) Chieko-san? Guess who? This is Qiwu. That's right. Want to come out for a drink? Your husband? When did you get married? Five years! Has it been that long? You have two kids! You're happy, that's great! Okay, never mind. (He phones another) Is Kong Siu-wai there? This is He Qiwu. We were classmates in grade four. You don't remember? Nothing, goodbye.

223 If memories could be canned, would they also have expiry dates? If so, I hope they last for centuries.

Cop 633 (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) You like noisy music?

Faye (Faye Wong) Yes. The louder the better. Stops me from thinking.

633 You don't like to think? What do you like?

Faye Never thought about it.

633 I thought we'd stay together for the long haul, flying like a jumbo jet on a full tank. But we changed course.

Faye is confronted by her boss.

Faye I'm not daydreaming.

Manager of "Midnight Express" (Chen Jinquan) Right. You're not daydreaming. You're sleepwalking.

633 finds his apartment is flooded. Did I leave the tap running, or is the apartment getting more tearful? I always thought it would cope okay. Didn't expect it to cry so much. When people cry, they can dry their eyes with tissues. But when an apartment cries, it takes a lot to mop it up.

633 sees a towel dripping. It was such a relief when I saw it crying. It may look different, but it's still true to itself. It's still an emotionally charged towel.

633 confronts an intruder. What are you doing in my apartment?

Faye You asked me to visit.

633 after his date fails to meet him at the California restaurant in Hong Kong Actually she did go to California that evening. But it was the other one.

633 on the previous owner of his restaurant He has great business sense. First he sold me fish and chips, then the whole thing.

633 Would you let a person on board with a boarding pass like this? It's dated today, but it got blurred in the rain. I don't know where it's taking me. Do you?

Faye No idea, but I'll give you another.

633 Great.

Faye Where do you want to go?

633 Wherever you want to take me.

The music is from Kikmann's MIDI Jukebox.
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