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Chow Mo-wan (Character)
from In the Mood for Love (2000)

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2046 (2004)
Chow Mo Wan: When you don't take "no" for an answer, there is still a chance you'll get what you want.

Chow Mo Wan: I have a secret to tell you. Will you leave with me?

Chow Mo Wan: Whenever someone asked why I left 2046, I always gave them some vague answer. It was easier.

Chow Mo Wan: I once fell in love with someone. I couldn't stop wondering if she loved me back. I found an android which looked just like her. I hoped she would give me the answer.

Chow Mo Wan: He didn't turn back. It's as if he boarded a very long train headed for a drowsy future through the unfathomable night.

Chow Mo Wan: Everyone who goes to 2046 has the same intention, they want to recapture lost memories. Because in 2046 nothing ever changes. But, nobody knows if that is true or not because no-one has ever come back.

Chow Mo Wan: Take care. Maybe one day you'll escape your past. If you do, look for me.

Chow Mo Wan: As I recall, that's the very last time we saw each other.

Chow Mo Wan: In love you can't bring on a substitute.

Chow Mo Wan: When the Peony blooms, she stands tall. Does she mean no or yes?

Bai Ling: I don't get it. Were does all that fun get you? If you find the right person, why waste time on the others?
Chow Mo Wan: If I find the right person? A man like me has nothing much except free time. That's why I need company.
Bai Ling: So people are just time fillers to you?
Chow Mo Wan: I wouldn't say that. Other people can borrow my time to.
Bai Ling: And tonight? Are you borrowing me, or am I borrowing you?
Chow Mo Wan: No difference. Maybe I borrowed you earlier, now you're borrowing me.
Bai Ling: Ridiculous.

Chow Mo Wan: Do you remember you asked me if there was anything I wouldn't lend? I've given it a lot of thought and now I know there is one thing I'll never lend to anyone.

Chow Mo Wan: Love is all a matter of timing.

Chow Mo Wan: Love is all a matter of timing.
Chow Mo Wan: It's no good meeting the right person too soon or too late.
Chow Mo Wan: If I'd lived in another time or place...
Chow Mo Wan: ...my story might have had a very different ending.

Chow Mo Wan: I slowly began to doubt myself.
Chow Mo Wan: Maybe the reason she didn't answer was not that her reactions were delayed but simply that she didn't love me.
Chow Mo Wan: So at last, I got it. It's entirely beyond my control.
Chow Mo Wan: The only thing left for me... was to give up.

Chow Mo Wan: Feelings can creep up on you unawares.


In the Mood for Love (2000)
Chow Mo-wan: In the old days, if someone had a secret they didn't want to share... you know what they did?
Ah Ping: Have no idea.
Chow Mo-wan: They went up a mountain, found a tree, carved a hole in it, and whispered the secret into the hole. Then they covered it with mud. And leave the secret there forever.
Ah Ping: What a pain! I'd just go to get laid.
Chow Mo-wan: Not everyone's like you.

Chow Mo-wan: It's me. If there's an extra ticket... would you go with me?
Su Li-zhen Chan: It's me. If there's an extra ticket... would you go with me?

Su Li-zhen Chan: Am I hopeless?
Chow Mo-wan: Not really.

Chow Mo-wan: Feelings can creep up just like that. I thought I was in control.

Su Li-zhen Chan: Why did you call me at the office today?
Chow Mo-wan: I had nothing to do. I wanted to hear your voice.

Chow Mo-wan: I have a chapter to finish.
Su Li-zhen Chan: Where have you got to?
Chow Mo-wan: The drunken master just showed up.
Su Li-zhen Chan: When did he get written in?
Chow Mo-wan: Just now!

Receptionist at 'Singapore Daily': [picks up phone] Hello, Singapore Daily.
[into phone]
Receptionist at 'Singapore Daily': Hold on.
[turns to room]
Receptionist at 'Singapore Daily': Mr. Chow, call for you.
Chow Mo-wan: [hurriedly arrives to pick up phone] Thanks!
[into phone]
Chow Mo-wan: Hello?
Chow Mo-wan: [into phone] Hello?
[cuts to Mrs. Chan holding phone, she remains silent]

Chow Mo-wan: That handbag I saw you with this evening... Where did you buy it?
Su Li-zhen Chan: Why do you ask?
Chow Mo-wan: It looked so elegant. I want to get one for my wife.
Su Li-zhen Chan: Mr. Chow, you're so good to your wife!
Chow Mo-wan: Not really! My wife is so fussy. Her birthday is some days away. I don't know what to get her. Could you buy one for me to give her?
Su Li-zhen Chan: Maybe she wouldn't want one just exactly the same.
Chow Mo-wan: You're right, I didn't think of that.
Su Li-zhen Chan: A woman would mind.
Chow Mo-wan: Yes, especially since we're neighbors. Do they come in other colors?
Su Li-zhen Chan: I'd have to ask my husband.
Chow Mo-wan: Why?
Su Li-zhen Chan: He bought it for me on a business trip abroad. They aren't on sale here.
Chow Mo-wan: Then never mind.
Su Li-zhen Chan: Actually... I want to ask you something too. Where did you buy your tie?
Chow Mo-wan: I don't know where it came from. My wife buys all my ties.
Su Li-zhen Chan: Really?
Chow Mo-wan: She bought this one on a business trip abroad. It's not on sale here.
Su Li-zhen Chan: What a coincidence!
Chow Mo-wan: Yes.
Su Li-zhen Chan: Actually... My husband has one just like it. He said it was a gift from his boss. So he wears it every day.
Chow Mo-wan: And my wife has a bag just like yours.
Su Li-zhen Chan: I know, I've seen it.
Chow Mo-wan: What are you getting at, actually?
Su Li-zhen Chan: I thought I was the only one who knew.