He Zhiwu
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He Zhiwu (Character)
from Chungking Express (1994)

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Chungking Express (1994)
He Zhiwu, Cop 223: 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.

He Zhiwu, Cop 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.

He Zhiwu, Cop 223: Any canned pineapple that expires on May 1?
Cashier: You know what day it is today?
He Zhiwu, Cop 223: April 30?
Cashier: Right. You think we sell outdated stock?
He Zhiwu, Cop 223: There's still two hours to go.
Cashier: Nobody would buy it. Get a fresh one.
He Zhiwu, Cop 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!

He Zhiwu, Cop 223: Do you... like pineapple?

[223 leaves the store]
He Zhiwu, Cop 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.
He Zhiwu, Cop 223: You sure?

[223 phones some potential dates]
He Zhiwu, Cop 223: 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]
He Zhiwu, Cop 223: 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]
He Zhiwu, Cop 223: Is Kong Siu-wai there? This is He Qiwu. We were classmates in grade four. You don't remember? Nothing, goodbye.

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

He Zhiwu, Cop 223: At the high point of our intimacy, we were just 0.01cm from each other. I knew nothing about her. Six hours later, she fell in love with another man.

He Zhiwu, Cop 223: In May's eyes, I'm no different from a can of pineapple.


Fallen Angels (1995)
He Zhiwu: They say that love can change a man. I start to find myself looking better and more charming, and suddenly I discover that I'm turning blonde.

He Zhiwu: I was very talkative when I was small. But at age five, I ate a can of pineapple that had expired, and I stopped talking. For that reason, I have very few friends.
He Zhiwu: I found it very hard to find work too. I finally decided to be my own boss. Having no capital, the only thing I can do is sneak into other people's shops after hours and run my own business. I'm not a freeloader. I just think it makes sense, since the rent's already been paid, to run the business around the clock.
He Zhiwu: Who says nobody buys pork at 3:00 a.m.? I came yesterday to buy some, didn't I? If you want to do business, you have to take each customer's needs into account.
He Zhiwu: Buddha said, "If I don't descend into hell, who will?" When you're the boss, you have to be kind, caring and tolerant. You can't just look to your own gain. I know very well there's no such thing as a free lunch, so I always work very hard until the wee hours.
He Zhiwu: I don't make a lot of money, but I'm happy.

He Zhiwu: I love ice cream. When I was little, an ice cream truck would stop by my house every day. I was always happy to see it. Once I asked my dad why he didn't drive an ice cream truck. He didn't answer. I later found out my mother had been run over by an ice cream truck.

He Zhiwu: I wish I could tell her some problems can't be solved over the phone. You meet the guy face to face and talk it out, or, if that fails, you punch him in the nose. Too bad I couldn't put it into words. But she seemed to somehow understand anyway.
Charlie: I think you're right. Let's go.

He Zhiwu: Most people fall in love for the first time as teenagers. I guess I'm a late bloomer. Maybe I'm too picky. On May 30, 1995, I finally fell in love for the first time. It was raining that night. When I looked at her, I suddenly felt like I was a store. And she was me. Without any warning, she suddenly enters the store. I don't know how long she'll stay. The longer the better, of course.