Fallen Angels (1995) Movie Script

Are we still partners?
We've been business partners
for 155 weeks now.
We're sitting together
for the first time today.
We seldom see each other
because it is hard
to control one's emotions.
Partners should never
get emotionally involved.
A message
for 3662.
I'm meeting his friends tomorrow.
Ask him to let me know where.
Most people work from nine to five.
I'm just the opposite.
My job is simple.
I visit some "friends" once in a while.
I don't know any of them.
I am not interested in them either...
because they'll soon be gone forever.
- Going out?
- Yes.
One's profession is very often determined
by one's personality.
The best thing about my profession
is there's no need to make any decisions.
Who's to die, when and where...
it's all been decided.
I'm a lazy person.
I like people to arrange things for me.
That's why I need a partner.
You're Ming, aren't you?
Remember me? I'm Hoi.
Don't you remember me?
I was always number one in grade school.
- Remember?
- Yeah.
What a coincidence!
If my Mercedes hadn't broken down,
I wouldn't have run into you here.
How are you?
Every person has a past.
Even if you're a killer,
you still have classmates
from grade school around.
Every time I run into them,
they ask the same questions.
What kind of work do you do?
Give me your card. We'll keep in touch.
Maybe we could work together.
That would be great.
I'm always lookin' to make a buck.
Your own business?
That's worth breaking your back for!
You married?
Don't tell me you can't find a girl!
What? A son!
Looks exactly like you!
What's this, your wife's black?
I mean... smart move! Black grows on you!
Your skin colors are different,
but you make a nice couple.
Hey, are you insured?
Maybe you can help me out.
I've been in this business over ten years.
You might not know,
but I'm rated the top insurance broker
in Southeast Asia.
I'm being interviewed
by the newspaper in a few days.
For old time's sake,
I'll work out the best plan for you.
You never can tell.
God forbid,
but what if something should happen?
It's not just for you.
I see you travel a lot for work.
If not for yourself,
think about your wife and little boy.
I often wonder if any insurance company
would insure a professional killer.
I'd really like to help him out.
But I wouldn't know
whom to name as beneficiary.
Remember that girl with the big boobs?
The one we were both after years ago?
We're getting married next week.
Here's an invitation.
Sorry, just write your own name on it.
Come a little early.
I'll write up the policy for you.
And bring your wife along. Bye.
A few years back, I paid a black woman
$30 to have her picture taken with me,
so that if people asked,
I could say she was my wife.
And the kid in the picture,
I just bought him an ice cream cone.
I've always wanted to go to a wedding.
But I know very well
it's not my kind of scene.
Going through a person's trash
can tell you a lot about them.
He comes to this bar a lot...
maybe 'cause it's quiet.
Sometimes I sit in his usual seat.
It lets me feel close to him.
Some people you really don't want
to get too close to.
Find out too much about a person
and you lose interest.
I'm the practical kind.
I know how to make myself happy.
No, he hasn't come back yet.
You telling the truth?
Why should I lie?
- You live here?
- Something wrong with that?
Have you seen this person around?
Don't come out yet.
The cops are still here.
You know where he is. Tell us.
We rub elbows
with a lot of people everyday.
Some of them might become your friends
or even confidants.
But I know well
these cops will never be my confidants.
My name is Ho Chi Moo.
I was prisoner number 223.
I haven't seen him in days.
I'll let you know when he comes back.
I saw him come in.
You'd better tell the truth.
Stop making faces! Stand still.
I'm a happy man.
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 had very few friends.
I found it very hard to find work too.
I finally decided to be my own boss.
Having no capital,
the only thing I could do
was 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.
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.
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.
I don't make a lot of money,
but I'm happy.
Are you nuts?
Why should I let you wash my clothes?
I'm a beggar. I don't need laundry done!
I don't need it!
Leave me alone!
Are you nuts?
Keep your hands off my clothes!
Give them back to me.
Hands off! I'll beat you up!
Okay. I'll pay!
I'll pay you if it's money you want.
You're a lunatic!
Don't push me! I don't want any eggplant!
You can't make me buy it!
I'm single. What would people think?
I don't care if they're free!
I'll take some melon.
This is huge! Are you out of your mind?
Stop that!
I washed my hair yesterday.
Ouch! Easy!
My head doesn't itch. Stop scratching it!
I just came down for a late snack.
I don't need a shampoo.
Just... take it easy!
I don't want a shave!
Run away!
Hands off!
Listen, I'm no regular guy.
I have underworld connections.
I really don't want a shave. How about...
I'll pay you, okay?
A double cone, please.
Oh, no, it's you!
Stop pulling my hair.
I'll climb in myself.
I'm coming in.
Hello? It's me. What are you doing?
Go to bed. Don't wait up.
I'm having some ice cream.
Uh, no, it's more than a scoop or two.
I don't know how much more
I'll have to eat.
No, it's not an eating contest.
Of course I'll have to pay!
Yeah, but this guy won't let me...
I don't know how to explain,
but it's the truth.
Come see for yourself
if you don't believe me.
No, I can't eat that!
What if my mustache catches fire?
This isn't funny anymore.
What now?
I said to come by yourself.
I didn't tell you to bring
the whole family.
Dad's too old for all this ice cream.
What if something happens?
The kids have school tomorrow.
Think about that.
Has anyone in Hong Kong ever died
from too much ice cream?
I don't want to be the first.
I'll pay you, okay?
Name a price. I'll buy it all. Please.
My ice cream may be a bit more expensive,
but I think this family
is having a great time.
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.
I was born in Taiwan.
I came to Hong Kong with my dad
when I was five.
He worked as an assistant
at the Chungking Mansions Hotel.
He rarely talked since my mother died.
No more ice cream, of course.
Maybe the fact we're both so quiet
explains why we've always been close.
Why are you being so nice to me?
You even bought me ice cream.
You should know I don't like ice cream.
It's too cold!
It's bad for my health. Gives me the runs.
Are you nuts?
Hey, open up!
What game are you playing now?
Open this door!
What are you doing?
I'll kill you!
Open this door! Stop fooling around!
I'd like to leave a message.
I'm meeting his friends tomorrow.
Please ask him where.
I get it. It's clear.
I just wanna make sure
the address was correct.
It was a fast-food place,
not a barber shop.
You may think that
we must be making a lot of money.
But how much is a human life worth?
Demand comes and goes.
It's not unusual
to have no business for months.
So, once in a while,
I moonlight in the financial field,
like debt collection.
Hold on. I'll get you the money.
I don't know why,
but I've been injured a lot lately.
I hate digging bullets out of my body.
It's exhausting.
I turned in early that night,
knowing when I woke up the next day,
I'd have to make a decision.
Lady, we're closed.
Two weeks after I was injured,
I asked to see her.
I wanted to tell her my decision.
But I didn't show up.
I'm sure shell look for me here
in the next couple of days.
I know that
because we've been partners for so long.
As her partner,
it's not enough for me to understand her.
I have to let her understand me as well.
So sometimes I leave clues
so she can trace my actions
and whereabouts.
She's become a part of my life
these past years.
But things always change.
I desperately want to tell her
that I want to quit.
I just don't know how to start.
So I've devised another way.
A woman may come asking for me
in the next few days.
Please give her this coin.
Tell her 1818 is my lucky number.
The number of one of the songs
in this jukebox.
When she hears the song,
shell understand my message.
Forget him
And it's like forgetting everything
It's like losing all direction
Losing oneself
Forget him
And it's like forgetting the joy of life
It's like a knife in the heart
Bleeding in pain...
May I sit here?
It's raining!
Let's have some fun!
It feels great!
Cover me too!
Come on!
I'm all nervous.
Come on up.
Sure you don't wanna come up?
Forget it.
Come and get it.
Oh, help!
It won't dry out tonight.
You'll have to stay.
I'll take it to the cleaners
for you tomorrow.
Hey, I'm talking to you.
Why are you ignoring me?
Open the door!
Looks nice. Still fits you well.
Whose is this?
Why all the questions?
Are we that close?
Better be careful!
What are you doing?
What do you want from me?
What are you doing?
I'm so happy!
Don't let me stop you.
Guess why I dyed my hair blonde?
I don't know.
To make myself unforgettable.
It's pretty special.
You're making fun of me.
I mean it. You're very special.
- Someone told me that before.
- Who?
We were together for some time.
I had long hair then.
You called me "baby."
But that's all in the past.
If you like me now, it's fine.
I didn't say that.
I just wanted some company.
Just for the night.
Maybe you'll like me tomorrow.
Get out!
Get the hell out of here!
Get out, or I'll clobber you!
What are you telling me?
You want to have kids?
Why are you telling me this?
You wanna get married?
Sure! I'll marry you.
Give me time to send out invitations.
You already did?
How come I'm the last to know?
You're a sly one!
You sent me an invitation?
Oh, I see. Congratulations!
Who's the lucky girl?
What a perfect couple!
She wants me to be her bridesmaid?
What should I wear?
Chinese style?
A lady-in-waiting? How interesting!
Sure! That's great!
Where's Blondie now?
I want to call and congratulate her.
Okay, thanks. Bye!
Give me a dime. You got a dime?
Hello? Blondie?
I know you're there.
Stop pretending you're the machine.
You know what? If you don't talk to me,
you'll regret it
for the rest of your life!
You're marrying him?
I shouldn't have asked you
to pay his electricity bill.
Now you're getting married?
You filthy bitch! He doesn't love you.
He just wants a son born
in the Year of the Pig... this year!
But it's already April!
There's not enough time!
It'll be premature.
I've got it!
You got pregnant by another guy
and told him it's his child.
I'm warning you. Next time I see you,
I'm gonna push you down the stairs.
You got that?
Hello? Hello? I'm not finished yet!
Give me another dime!
That bitch!
She took the phone off the hook!
I don't want any!
Let me cry on your shoulder.
The night's full of weirdos.
This girl seems to turn up wherever I go.
I'm fine now. I'll pay you back next time.
But every time we meet,
it's the same story.
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.
I think you're right.
Let's go.
Blondie, I know you're in there.
Come out if you've got the guts!
I'm gonna burn this place down
on the count of three!
One... two... three!
I think we got the wrong floor.
Blondie, come on out!
I know you're in there!
I'm gonna burn this place down
if you don't!
One... two... three!
Let's try the next floor.
Are those gray hairs real?
At my age? Of course they are!
Looks like a faded blond dye job to me!
How are you related to Blondie?
I don't know any Blondie.
Her real name is Szeto Wai Ling.
Ring a bell?
Never heard of her.
Is she your chick?
Leave me alone, you loony!
I'm sure they've got a thing together.
Follow him!
Do you have a daughter named Blondie?
- No. Who's that?
- Or Szeto Wai Ling?
You look a lot alike. Have you forgotten?
- Think hard.
- I don't know her.
We searched high and low all night.
After a while, I started to wonder
if she even knew where Blondie lived.
I'm tired of this game.
Why is everyone covering for you?
Where the hell are you?
I'm a nice person.
Why doesn't anyone help me?
You're a slut, and everyone helps you!
It's not fair. What kind of world is this?
I don't wanna play this game anymore.
You must have slept with her,
but you won't admit it. Right?
I'm just wasting my time.
What a crazy world.
How am I gonna find you?
Bitch! You've got the whole world
on your side.
You slut! How dare you show your face?
You're finished!
Bitch! Slut! Tramp!
I'll mop the floor with you!
How can you be so cruel?
Hey, get your face out of the food
and watch the door!
Blondie could walk in any minute.
She used to come here
for dim sum with her pop.
How do you spell "inadequate"?
Never mind. I'll just spell it like this.
Listen to this.
"I, Szeto Wai Ling, aka Blondie,
am ugly and inadequate.
I hereby return Mr. Johnnie Kong
to his rightful girlfriend, Charlie Young.
I will have no further relations with him.
This will serve as proof.
Our signatures are binding unto death."
This is great, right?
I'll make Blondie sign this today.
I gotta get her fingerprints
and ID number.
Her old man can be a witness.
I'll get a picture of them together.
- Get out of here, Blondie!
- Shut up, bitch!
- You're not the only Blondie in the world.
- What are you talking about?
This is Blondie too!
Your name is Blondie too?
What if it is?
Is your name really Blondie?
- What of it?
- I'll fucking chop you to pieces!
They say women are made of water.
So are some men.
Most people fall in love
for the first time as teenagers.
I guess I'm a late bloomer.
Maybe I am 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 as if I were a store
and she were me.
Without any warning,
she suddenly enters the store.
I don't know how long shell stay.
The longer the better, of course.
You never wash your feet or socks
or your hair.
You stink all over.
When did you dye your hair blond?
They say love can change a man.
I started to find myself
more handsome and charming.
And suddenly I discovered
I was turning blond.
Maybe because my mom was Russian...
nobody understands
when my father speaks Taiwanese.
And rightly so.
It's actually Taiwanese
with the infamous Russian accent.
Hello? Chungking Mansions Hotel?
Who's this?
On June 22, 1995,
the Italian team, Sampdoria,
came to play in Hong Kong.
I went to the game with Charlie.
She wanted to see Ruud Gullit.
She was ecstatic that night.
She insisted on staying after the game.
This is no fun!
What's the point in playing them?
They're all blond and superior.
Our players are no match.
Did they really expect a miracle? Fools!
You know why I came?
I was the one hoping for a miracle.
Johnnie is a huge fan of Gullit.
I thought I might see him here.
But how could he come?
He's getting married tomorrow.
You know why I was yelling
and waving like crazy earlier?
I was hoping he'd see me on TV.
He promised me he'd come!
So why didn't he?
I realized that she still missed Johnnie.
It made me feel bad.
But I'm an optimist.
I've heard people say
that everything has its expiration date.
I wasn't sure this would apply
to her and Johnnie,
but I thought it might soon.
I guess I might have been
a little too optimistic.
A few days later,
I asked her to go to a second match.
She didn't show up.
I thought what she had with Johnnie
would expire soon.
But as it turned out,
my expiration date came up first.
I got there early
and stayed till everyone was gone.
As the lights of the stadium went dark,
I realized she wasn't gonna show.
I was heartbroken. This couldn't be.
People say breaking up hurts.
That wasn't true for me.
But something strange did happen.
After that day,
my blond hair suddenly disappeared.
Just like my first love.
I also began to realize my past behavior
had been very irresponsible.
I shouldn't have taken over
other people's shops,
coming and going as I pleased.
Every shop has its own feelings.
This realization
had a profound effect on me.
It prompted me to change my ways.
One person.
Look out for our new menu next time.
Am I making you stay overtime?
Get a glass for yourself. Be my guest.
How's business?
What does it cost
to open a place like this?
Good evening.
You have money?
I was just wondering what it costs
to open a place like this.
Do you have a million?
I had never thought about
going into business before.
When you live out of a suitcase,
you don't need a place of your own.
But things had changed.
I had to start planning for the future.
That night,
I had a nice chat with the manager.
He even offered a helping hand
should I ever open my own shop.
- Another beer?
- Sure, one more.
How much money do you have?
I had stayed away from that bar
for some time...
because I didn't want to hear song 1818.
But there are some things
you can't escape.
I've never returned
to that restaurant since.
Wishing you good fortune
And long life to reach the heavens
Wishing you a happy birthday
May this day be joyous for you every year
Best wishes to you!
How are you, my boy?
Your dad's fine. Don't worry about me.
Soon it'll be your birthday.
Sorry I can't come home.
Is your mother feeling better?
Is your sister behaving herself?
- Sato-san is a real family man.
- How about this?
He was a film director
before he opened this place.
So he always communicates
with his family by making videotapes.
I'm sure his son must be very happy
to receive his tapes.
Sometimes I want to try the same thing.
But I don't know who I'd send my tapes to.
I don't want to end up
sending them to myself
To whom I hold in my heart
Why did you leave my side?
Because of you
I'm sad all the time
I miss you with all my heart
My beloved
Come back to me
Hurry back to my side
Though I can't be like Sato-san,
I can feel his son's happiness
on receiving his father's tape.
Cool down!
Get out of here.
I've got nothing to say.
I want to go to sleep.
Are you crazy? Get out of here!
Later that night, I discovered Dad
secretly watching the tape.
He really enjoyed it.
I'm usually very bad at details.
But I remember very well
that it was his 60th birthday.
He kept laughing as he watched it.
Who knows what he found so funny?
But I know he was happy.
Silly boy.
When you've worked with someone
for a long time,
he can have a certain effect on you.
I knew that fragrance very well.
I just wasn't used to smelling it
on another woman.
This suit fits me well.
But I think it's shrunk a little.
I never liked this fragrance
all that much.
This afternoon,
I smelled it on another woman.
She wants to see you very much.
I set up a meeting for you with her.
You're not gonna go, right?
You should go.
That way, you could clear things up.
Then again,
it's even better if you don't go.
I know you'll go.
You can have this back.
I want...
a bag of chips.
The yellow one, not the red.
They sat there together
for a long time that day.
I wondered what they said to each other.
It rained the whole time.
I started to think.
It's raining so hard,
how would I get home by myself?
Just when I really needed a raincoat,
he returned to my side.
It would be so great
if it could rain forever.
RESTAURAN I'm not coming up.
Then why did you walk me home?
You should have let me come back alone!
I was thinking of walking back
by myself anyway.
What did you do that for?
You thought it'd be easier on me this way?
You're crazy!
Get lost! I never want to see you again!
I thought we had agreed on this.
Not me! I never agreed to anything!
I asked you not to see her, but you did.
Now what do you want from me?
You think I'm a fool?
Get lost!
Give me your arm.
Why did you do that?
Can't I leave you a memento?
You may forget my face,
but you won't forget my bite.
In fact, my face is easy to remember.
I have a mole.
If a woman with a mole on her face
comes up to you on the street...
it could be me.
You won't remember me.
Yes, I will.
Will I remember her?
Actually, it's not that important.
For her,
I'm just a stopover
in the journey of her life.
I hope she reaches her destination soon
and finds a man who really loves her.
We all need a partner.
When will I find mine?
Are we still partners?
I didn't know how to answer that question.
I had come to look at partners
from a new angle.
As a business partner, she was perfect.
But she wasn't the kind of partner
you could spend your life with.
I'd like to terminate
our business relationship.
Do me a last favor, will you?
I don't know why I agreed.
Maybe because it was the last time.
I want to place an advertisement
for my friend.
On the front page.
The best thing about my profession is that
there's no need to make any decisions.
Who's to die, when and where,
it's all been decided.
I'm a lazy person.
I like people to arrange things for me.
It's been a bit different lately.
I want to change this habit.
I don't know
if it's a good decision or not,
but at least it's mine.
Old people say having pictures taken
shortens a person's life.
I'm not sure if it's true.
One evening, Dad wasn't feeling well.
I took him to the hospital.
He passed away not too long afterwards.
All these years, I've always felt
like a little boy because of him.
He was someone I could always turn to,
someone to solve all my problems.
Packing up his stuff that evening,
I felt like a grown-up for the first time.
But I don't wanna be a grown-up.
I sure wish Dad could always be with me.
When I left the hotel,
the videotape was all I took with me.
I watched it over and over before I left.
Watching Dad cook in the kitchen,
I felt very happy.
Though I know
I'll never taste his steaks again,
I'll never forget how they tasted.
You again? I'll be damned!
Stop pulling my hair! You promised!
You should know not to touch it.
I'd love to be your customer.
Did I ever say no?
Did I?
Look at me! How do I look? Don't touch me!
My wife has gone to China.
I have some business to take care of.
Give me three hours.
I promise I'll be back on time.
Three hours, okay? Three hours.
Two hours?
It's a deal. Two hours, and I'll be back.
Come on. Trust me.
We're old friends now, aren't we?
It's a small world. We keep
running into each other. Two hours.
Trust me, please!
You have my word. We're brothers, right?
You want it written in blood?
You gotta be kidding!
That's my bone!
Just one, okay?
If you cut them all off
I won't be able to go out in public!
Could I have some change, please?
I'm downstairs already.
Hurry and come down.
It must have just been bad luck.
Soon after Dad died,
Sato-san returned to Japan.
Since I didn't have much in savings,
I could only do what I'm best at.
I'd be my own boss.
But I was very cautious this time.
I tried to pick the stronger shops,
ones that wouldn't get hurt easily,
like this one.
Its equipment was mostly steel.
It saves a lot of trouble.
At times, I'd run into acquaintances.
Some hadn't changed much.
Others I hardly recognized.
I was always glad when I saw them,
even though they might not remember me.
Of course, there were exceptions.
On August 29, 1995,
I ran into my first love again.
But she seemed to have forgotten me.
I guess I'd gotten too handsome.
- How come you're so late?
- I was busy.
What's he doing?
Who knows?
It was cold that evening.
I hadn't expected winter to come so soon.
I'm less and less used
to this kind of weather.
Winter seems so long this year.
Though I eat a lot everyday...
I still feel cold.
I've gotten used to life
without a partner.
Though I work with others at times...
I don't usually have fixed partners.
I've grown more cautious.
I won't make their beds anymore,
for example.
I don't inspect their trash...
'cause I believe even more strongly now
that the best partners
shouldn't get emotionally involved.
We rub elbows
with a lot of people everyday.
Some of them might become
your friends or even confidants.
So I never turn my back
on a chance to rub elbows.
Sometimes I rub till I bleed.
No big deal as long as I'm happy.
That night, I ran into that woman again.
I knew very well we'd never
be friends or confidants.
We'd had too many chances
to rub elbows in the past.
We had rubbed elbows till our clothes
tore, but still there were no sparks.
Maybe it was the weather,
but that evening, I felt a spark.
As I was leaving,
I asked if he'd give me a ride home.
I hadn't ridden on a motorcycle
in a long time.
Actually, I hadn't been that close
to anyone for a while.
The road wasn't that long
and I knew I'd soon be getting off
But at that moment, I felt such warmth.