Chungking Express (1994) Script

You brush past so many people every day.

Some you may never know anything about, but others might become your friend someday.

I'm a cop. My name is He Qiwu, and 223 is my badge number.

Move it!


Out of the way!


That was the closest we ever got.. just 0.01 cm between us.

Fifty-seven hours later, I fell in love with this woman.

Hello? Ma'am? This is Qiwu.

No, I called to talk to you, not May.

How are you?

Oh, I'm fine.

Yes, best to let May cool down for a while.

I'm sure she'll call when she's ready.

Please don't tell her I called, okay?

You're going to a movie? I won't keep you.

Is your husband there?

Sir? This is Qiwu.

No, don't call May. I just called to say hi to you.

Is your cough better?

You're rushing out? I won't keep you then. No, it's all right.

Is May's sister there? No?

How about her other sister? I just wanted to say hi.

We all have our habits. Mine is to wait here for May to get off work.

The boss here says she looks like Yamaguchi Momoe. She likes that.

She and I just broke up.

She wished I were more like Tomokazu Miura myself.

Message for account 368?

Password is "Love You for 10,000 Years."

Call Ming? You mean May?

Spell it.

M-I-N-G? It's not M-A-Y?

Sure there's no mistake? You're sure?

Don't you know English?

Ming? I knew it!

I guess May asked you to call.

I'm fine. Tell her not to worry, okay?

I'll take good care of myself.

But tell her she can call anytime she wants.

No reason to bother you.

She didn't tell you to call me?

Then why did you page me?

You're jogging? Did you get dumped again?

No? Then why go jogging?

A race? You've lost your mind!

Jogging is private. You don't jog for an audience.

Forget it. Bye.

We all get our hearts broken sometime.

Whenever I do, I go jogging.

The body loses water when you jog, so I don't cry as easily.

I can't be crying.

May always thought I was a cool guy.

Still no go with your girlfriend?

It's been a month.

Find someone else.

How about May here? She's not bad.

She's off early tonight. Ask her out.

She has a crush on you.

Can't. I have a date tonight.

Some other time.

Is this one okay, miss?

Get a bigger one, but nothing fancy.

Give them some beer.

Check, please.

Sometimes I'd spend the night at May's.

So her parents wouldn't find out, I'd climb down from the balcony.

Will I ever get to do that again?

How much? $2,500.

These too.

The date on the can tells me I don't have much time left.

If I don't find those Indians, I'll be in deep trouble.

I don't know when I started being so cautious.

If I put on a raincoat, I wear sunglasses too.

You never know if it's going to rain or be sunny.

Messages for 368?

Password, please.

"Love You for 10,000 Years."

Anyone page me?

No, no one's called for you all day.

Okay. Thanks.

We broke up on April Fool's Day, so I took it as a joke.

I'm willing to humor her for a month.

Every day I buy a can of pineapple with an expiration date of May 1, because May loves pineapple, and May 1 is my birthday.

I tell myself that if May hasn't come back by the time I've bought 30 cans, then our love will expire too.

Sir, this can expires tomorrow.

Why don't you get another one?

It's all right.

What time's your earliest flight tomorrow?

I want to reserve a seat.

One person.

Have you seen these people? No.

Look carefully. They have kids with them.

I really don't know.

You really don't know him? No, I don't.

I've seen you talking to him!

Papa! It's all right.

My daughter!


What do you want?

If you don't have some news within an hour, you'll never see your daughter again.

An ice cream for her, please.


Some men might sacrifice their own kid for money, but he wasn't one of them. One hour later, I left.


It's been six months since I nabbed anyone, but I finally caught a wanted man today.

Whenever I had good news, I always wanted May to be the first to know.



I'll kill you, Tomokazu Miura!

You have any pineapple that expires on May 1?

What's the date today? April 30.

That's right. Think I stock outdated goods?

There's still two hours to go.

Nobody wants stale goods. Get a fresh can.

With you people it's always "Out with the old, in with the new!"

You realize what goes into making a can of pineapple?

The fruit is grown, harvested, sliced.. and you just throw it away!

How do you think the pineapple feels?

Buddy, I just work here.

Who cares about the pineapple? What about how I feel?

I stock and restock this stuff all day.

I wish it would never expire. It'd save me loads of work.

Having an expiration date?

Have a whole case on the house.

When did everything start having an expiration date?

Swordfish expires. Meat sauce expires.

Even plastic wrap expires.

I'm starting to wonder: Is there anything in this world that doesn't?

Buddy, how about some swordfish?

It's expired. I don't want it.

You don't want it?

I finally found my 30th can in a convenience store.

As May 1 begins, I begin to understand.

In May's eyes, I'm no different from a can of pineapple.

You don't want any? It's delicious.

People say dogs are man's best friend.

So how come mine won't share my grief now?

This must be some kind of record.

I ate all 30 cans that night.

Good thing for me that May wasn't into durian.

I feel like going out and celebrating.

May's probably in bed by now.

But what about that other May?

What brings you back here?

I'm thinking of going to a late movie.

She's long gone.


You thought she'd wait around? Women can't afford to.

The longer they wait, the more nervous they get.

Drives them crazy.

She just left with Richard.

You gotta move quickly.

I never dreamed two Mays could dump me in one night.

To get over it, I resolve never to go out with another May.

Hello? Lulu?

This is Qiwu.

Want to come out for a drink?

You're in bed already?

This early?

You were asleep?

Never mind. Bye.


Guess who.


Want to come out for a drink?

Your husband won't let you? When did you get married?

Five years ago?

We haven't seen each other in over five years?

You have two kids?

You're happy. That's great.

Well, all the best.


Is Kong Siu-Wai there?

This is He Qiwu.

We went to fourth grade together. You remember?

You don't?

Doesn't matter. Bye.

Those 30 cans of pineapple had left me feeling queasy, so I went to a bar.

I'd heard alcohol can settle the stomach.

Are you okay?

Fine. Another double.

There's a song called "Love Dies at Dawn."

That's how I feel now.

What can I do to forget May?

I tell myself I'll fall in love with the first woman who walks in.

What can I get you?

Whiskey, please.

I have a feeling she'll like me, but just to be safe, I decide to ask her a question.

Excuse me, miss, do you like pineapple?

Maybe she's not Cantonese.

Tell me, do you like pineapple?

Do you like pineapple, miss?

Your Mandarin's not bad.

I grew up in Taiwan. What about you?

I'm not in the mood to talk.

Please leave me alone.

We don't have to talk.

Could I just sit here?

There are lots of seats. Why do you have to sit next to me?

I can tell you're lonely.



There are only three reasons a woman would wear shades this late.

First, she's blind.

Second, she's a poseur.

Or third, she got jilted and doesn't want people to see she's been crying.

And which one am I?

The jilted woman.

It's okay.

It happens all the time. Why cry about it?

I've been there too. I usually go jogging.

I run until I work up a sweat.

Then there's no water left for tears.

Wanna try it?

I've been running around all night. I'm exhausted.

If you're looking to chat, please find someone else.

I don't particularly want to talk.

I just want to keep you company.

I know how it feels to have your heart broken.

A heartbroken woman needs a shoulder to lean on.

You can pretend I'm your boyfriend if you want.

I don't have a boyfriend.

And I don't have a girlfriend.

How old are you?

Two hours ago, I was still 24. Now I'm 25.

I won't like you.

Don't be so sure.

Give me a chance. We might hit it off.

Do you like pineapple?

What business is that of yours?

I'm just trying to learn more about you.

I was involved with a girl for five years.

But then she dumped me.

She said I didn't understand her.

So I want to get to know you.

You'll never get to know me.

Fine. Then try to get to know me.

What kind of man do you like?

Actually, really knowing someone doesn't mean anything.

People change.

A person may like pineapple today and something else tomorrow.


We're closing up.

They're closing.

Wanna go jogging?

I just want somewhere to rest.

When she said "rest", I didn't think she actually meant it.

That night, I watched two old movies on TV and had four chef's salads.

When the sun rose, I knew I had to go.

As I was leaving, I took off her shoes.

My mother used to say a woman's feet swell up if she sleeps in high heels.

She must have walked a lot that night.

Such a pretty woman should have clean shoes.

I was actually born at 6:00 a.m., so I'll really be 25 two minutes from now.

I've spent a quarter of a century on this planet!

To celebrate this historic moment, I go jogging.

I'll get rid of my body's excess water.

It feels good.

As I leave the track, I decide to ditch my pager.

I know very well no one's gonna call me today.

Account 368.

Password, please.

"Love You for 10,000 Years."

Your friend in room 702 says happy birthday.

Thank you.

On May 1, 1994, a woman wishes me happy birthday.

Now I'll remember her all my life.

If memories ever come in a can, I hope that can never expires.

If it has to have a shelf life, I hope it's 10,000 years.

A Coke, please.

Jogging again?

Running around isn't gonna solve anything.

Listen, Faye's not bad either.

Who's Faye?

Just started here today.

Make your move before Richard beats you to it.

I'm not into guys. Guys?

Coming through!

That was the closest we ever got.. just 0.01 cm between us.

I knew nothing about her.

Six hours later, she fell in love with another man.

Chef's salad, please.

For here or to go?

To go.

You new here? I haven't seen you before.

You like listening to loud music?

Yes. The louder the better.

Keeps me from thinking so much.

You don't like to think?

What do you like?

I'll tell you when I find out.

And what do you like?

Chef's salad.

A chef's salad, boss.

Chef's salad again?

Aren't you tired of them yet?

It's not for me. Your girlfriend?

Is that her favorite?

She never said it wasn't.

Maybe she'd like something different for once.

Try fish and chips. It's delicious.

What if she doesn't like it?

Get both and let her choose.

You can't go wrong.

Isn't that wasting money? It's not that much.

It's good to give her a choice.

Okay. One chef's salad, one fish and chips.

All right!


Fish and chips, please, boss.


I told you she'd like it.

You were right.

She never told me she didn't like chef's salad.

You never..

You never gave her a choice.

If you had, she might have told you.

Anyway, now you broke the routine. Try pizza tonight.

I don't know if she'd like pizza.

Then do the same thing: Get both.

It won't break the bank.


Want to try something different again?

The hot dogs are good.

No, thanks. Just black coffee.

Nothing for your girlfriend?

She left.


Said she wanted to try some new dishes.

I guess she's right.

Plenty of choice in men, just like food.

I guess I should've stuck with the chef's salad.

It's no big deal.

She'll try someone else and see you're better.

She'll come running back. Don't worry.


On every flight, there's one stewardess you long to seduce.

This time last year, at 25,000 feet, I actually seduced one.

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

But there was an unexpected change of course.

Black coffee, please.

A week and she's not back?

Excuse me.

Maybe she does have lots of choices.

Then put her out of your mind.

You have plenty of choices too.

Black coffee every night's no good for you.

Can't change just like that. Have to go slow.

Don't worry. I'll be okay.

If you say so.

Excuse me. The policeman who buys a chef's salad here every night..

You mean No. 633?

He's off today.

Isn't he off on Saturdays?

He changed shifts. Didn't he tell you?

If you see him again, could you please give him this?

Sure, no problem.

Thank you.

Thank you.

I have to step out.

I have some things to take care of.

We're taking a break.

Where are you going? I have to go out too.

You here alone tonight?

You here alone tonight?

Everyone was here a minute ago.

They ran off just as you walked up.

Something wrong with me?


Black coffee. Thanks.

Last night..

some girl..


Last night some girl..

Can you turn that music down a bit?

A girl waited around a long time for you last night.

She left a letter for you.


A stewardess.

You wanna read it? After my coffee.

Hey, your letter!

Keep it for me. I'll get it next time.

Hey, boss.

What are you doing here?

I'm on duty.

Where's No. 633? He's on leave.

On leave?

Said he got hurt by a pin. He's recuperating at home.

Hurt by a pin? What's he talking about?

Ever since she left, everything in the apartment is sad.

I have to comfort them all before I go to sleep.

You've lost a lot of weight, you know.

You were so chubby before.

Now look at yourself. You're so skinny.

Have more confidence in yourself.

I told you to stop crying. How long are you going to cry?

You have to be strong.

You're so limp and shapeless. Look at you.

I'll help you.

There. Isn't that more comfy?

Why don't you say something?

Don't be mad at her.

We all have moments of doubt.

Give her a chance.


Feeling lonely?

You're a real mess.

You cold? I'll warm you up.

Hello. How are you?

It's all ready. Need any help?

It's not much. I'll manage.

Excuse me.

Pardon me.

Hello. Oh, it's you.

Are you better?


He said you got hurt by a pin.

Don't listen to his nonsense.

You haven't been around much lately.

I changed shifts. I'm on this beat now.


Want some help? Sure.

See you later.

It's so heavy!

It's light today.

Your job must be hard.

Work's never fun.

Why'd you take this job?

My cousin couldn't find anyone else.

I'm just helping out for now.

What did you do before?

Lots of things.

I'm saving up.

To go to school?

Never thought of that.

I just want to enjoy life.

How? Where?


Maybe California.

California? Is it fun there?

I said maybe. If it's not, I can move on.

You like to travel?

Don't you?

I can take it or leave it.

You can come with me. I almost have enough.

We'll see.

Are you always like this?

You never came to get that letter.

I've been busy.

Give me your address. I'll mail it.

Otherwise it'll get lost.


You live close by.

Yeah, right down there. Drop by sometime.

I will.

Well, let's keep going.

You're really sweating.

Sure you can manage?

I'm fine.

Stop daydreaming, will you?

Think you're a rock star?

You've been fooling around with that all day.

Who'd wanna eat it now?

Use a toilet roll or something.

You too!

I'm not daydreaming.

That's right. You're sleepwalking!

That's right. I'm sleepwalking.

Whatever you say.

I'm sleepwalking.

I had a dream that afternoon.

It seemed I was in his apartment and that I'd wake up when I left.

I didn't know you never wake up from some dreams.

Some days I go home for lunch, because there's always a chance..

I know you're in there.

Come on out.

I'll count to three.

One.. two.. three!

She used to jump out and scare me, but she hasn't done it much recently.

I guess games get old after a while.

Maybe she's hiding in the bathroom.




Roast pork and rice. Thanks.

Excuse me.


Eating here again, huh? Yes.

Will you be here a while?


No reason.

Where are you going?

I forgot something.

Oh, I still haven't mailed your letter.

No hurry.

All right. I'll get around to it.

Why are you back?

I have to pay the electricity bill. Can I leave this here?

Hello? Cousin?

I'm still at the market.

It's pouring rain here.

It's pouring. Listen.

What are you talking about? It's sunny over here.

Really? Must be a local shower.

I'll be back when it stops.

Don't forget the electricity bill.

I won't.

I'm going now.

It's okay.

I'll be back to see you soon.

These are for you.

Why all the lychees?

They're for a friend.

Where are you?

Paying the electricity bill.

All this time?

It's packed here. I can hardly get in the store.

I have to wait in line.

How come it's always so crowded? You've been trying for days.

I don't want to.

I'm doing my best. Should I try again tomorrow?

Try another store.

Another store?

Okay. You're sure?


Been shopping?

A friend is redecorating his place.

You sure are busy. I certainly am.

Black coffee again. It's bad for you.

If you can't sleep at night, drink water.

Man in my dreams I hold you tight for a minute And kiss you for hours

Stranger You stole into my heart And set it all awhirl

I've been in love with you before But never felt so close to you as now My thoughts careen out of control

Why have you taken me by storm Bursting into my dreary dreams Sending shock waves in every direction

Man in my dreams I want you to be real My heart can no longer resist

Searching in my dreams At this minute I'm waiting To kiss you for hours

Hi, it's me.

The plane's back in Hong Kong. Want to make a reservation?

I'm at the same number. Call me. Bye-bye.

Nice hair! Did it take long to grow?

None of your business.

Kind of a flirt, isn't she?

I guess so.

What is it?

Have you known her long?


One day I had this sudden feeling she was back.

Did I leave the faucet running, or is the apartment getting more weepy?

I thought it would cope all right.

I didn't expect it to weep this much.

When people cry, you just give them a tissue.

But when an apartment cries, it's a lot of work to mop it up.

What are you doing here?

I live here. You live here?

What are you doing here?

I came to buy goldfish.

Someone around here sell goldfish? No.

Then why come to buy goldfish? You buying or selling?

What? No.. I mean, I'm buying.

Stop it! I forget everything when I'm scared.

Why are you scared?

I got scared when I saw you here.

I'm going now.

You said you were going. Well?

I can't move my legs. I'd go if I could.

You have a cramp?

I don't know. It's never happened before.

Maybe you should come in and sit down.

When she'd return from a long flight, I'd massage her legs.

Being a stewardess is a tough job.

I've always found women's legs sexy.

But I haven't touched any since she left.

Better? I guess.

Can I go now? Stay a while longer.

I'll put on some music.

You like this song too?

Not really. My girlfriend liked it.

She really liked this song?


I know it isn't true.

That's my CD. I left it here a few days ago.

I'm starting to wonder: Can sleepwalking be contagious?

I guess I've been too nervous.

After a while, I fell asleep.

The girl fell asleep in my place that afternoon.

I thought about waking her up, but for some reason I didn't.

Oh, no!

Watch out for the flames.

Make sure those candles are secure.

Don't burn yourself.

What's gotten into you lately?

Why didn't you pay the electricity bill?

Where have you been going every day?

I went to see the doctor.

The doctor? I haven't seen you taking any medicine.

You just didn't notice.

Did he say when you'd get better?

Should be any day now.

You're crazy!

Maybe it's the change of season, but lately I've changed a lot.

I've become more observant.

I notice things I used to take for granted.

Even the sardines taste different.

You mustn't let yourself go.

You were fine before. Now you've suddenly put on weight.

She left, but you have to carry on.

You can't go on indulging yourself.

You know, I have to tell you:

You've totally changed.

You can't just change personality like this.

Her walking out is no excuse.

I want you to think about that.

It was a relief when I saw it crying.

It may look different on the outside, but it's still true to itself.

It's still a very emotional towel.

Have you noticed I've perked up?

Things are starting to look better.

You used to look sorta dumb, but now you're looking quite cute.

But you mustn't let yourself get so dirty.

You used to be so clean and white.

Now you've turned all yellow.

Look at these scars.

Have you been getting in fights?

Why were you hiding in there?

I've been looking all over for you.

What's the point of hiding?

You have to face reality.

You're all moldy.

Tell you what. I'm not busy tomorrow.

I'll take you out for some sun.

What are you doing in my apartment?

You said to drop by!

Open up or I'll break the door down!

There's someone looking for you.

Me? Yeah.

What do you want? I've come for my letter.

What letter? Ask the boss.

You were keeping it.

He said you had it.

I do?

I have it?

Oh, right.

I was afraid someone might take it. I didn't read it.


Are you free tomorrow night?

Why do you ask?

I want to ask you out. On a date?

The boss says you're off tomorrow.

So I have to go on a date?

Think it over.

I'll meet you across the street at the California at 8:00.

That music's not your style.

Here's your CD back.

Damn it!

Damn it, damn it, damn it!

No. 633 is a smooth operator.

It's 663. Whatever it is!


Where's my Coke? I'm out of cups!

I gave my place a thorough cleaning that afternoon.

It was like clearing the runway for another plane to land.

I got to the California really early that night.

I half expected a flight delay, so I got some loose change.

Change, please.

Half an hour later, I broke another $10 bill.

I started thinking maybe the flight was canceled.

She isn't coming.

She asked me to give you this.

Don't look so down.

She didn't work out, so try another girl.

May's coming back tomorrow. Give her a try.

Where is she? She quit.

Said she was going to California.

That's all.


I didn't read the letter.

Some things take time to sink in.

After the snack-bar manager left, I started talking to the beer bottles.


Not really.

Go home to bed. She's not coming.

Actually, she wasn't a no-show that night.

She just got the place wrong.

We were in different Californias

15 hours apart.

It must be 11:00 a.m. over there now.

I wonder if she'll remember our 8:00 p.m. date here.

What a coincidence!

Not on duty tonight?

That's right.

How are you?

Fine. And you?

I'm okay.

You alone?

No, I'm with a friend.

He's your type.

You still have stuff at my place.

Come get it sometime.

That's all right. Just throw it out.

All right.

I gotta go.

I still think you look better in uniform.

So do you.

Hey, you didn't pay.

You pay for me.

How much is it?

The letter turned out to be a boarding pass dated for one year later, but I couldn't make out the destination.

I actually did show up that evening.

I knew it would get crowded, so I got there at 7:15.

It was pouring outside.

Watching through the window, I saw a rainy California.

I needed to know if the other California was warm and sunny.

I decided to give myself one year.

Tonight it's raining as hard as it was then.

Looking out this window, there's just one person in my thoughts.

I wonder if he ever opened my letter.

What are you doing here?


What are you doing here?

Is that really you?

Yeah. What are you doing here?



Where's my cousin?

He opened a karaoke bar.

Said he needed a change.

He let me take over here. Didn't he tell you?

No, I haven't seen him.

He's a shrewd businessman.

First he sells me fish and chips, and then the whole shop.


I said your cousin is a shrewd businessman!

Since when do you like this loud music?

With a little time, I get used to things.

Did you go to California? Was it fun?

Did you go to California? Was it fun?

California.. was okay. Nothing special.

You look good in uniform.

You look nice like that too.

Want something to eat?

I better not.

I fly out real early tomorrow.

When will you be back?

My grand opening is in two days.

I don't know.

This might be a long trip.

Write to me when you reach wherever it is.

You probably wouldn't read it anyway.

I have to ask you something.

Would you let someone board with a boarding pass like this?

It's dated today, but it got blurred in the rain.

I can't tell where it's taking me. Do you know?

No.. but I'll give you another one.


Where do you want to go?

Doesn't matter. Wherever you want to take me.