they didn't want to share...you know what
carved a hole in it, and whispered the secret
into the hole. Then they covered it with mud.
Would leave the secret there forever.
Later that evening Chow receives a telephone call, clearly made by Su Lizhen, but she never speaks and hangs up soon after.
Years later, at Angkor Wat, where he is visiting, Chow stares into a hole in the ancient edifice, whispering for several moments into the gal before filling it with mud. Clearly he has now buried the secret and his own now empty past.
Visiting his old apartment in Hong Kong at a later date, he finds his friends who were living in his old abode, have moved away. As he turns to go, he asks who lives next door and is told that it is inhabited by a woman and her son.
He leaves without realizing that it is Su Lizhen. Whether the son she now as in Chow's from their one night together or from her former husband upon a temporary return home we never discover. But it is clear that she continues to face a life without an adult lover. If the couple's refusal to give in to their passions might be perceived by some as representing a moral high ground, it surely can be seen my most of us as a lack of courage to live life to its full--which also, just maybe, explains why their spouses have left them in the first place.
Los Angeles, August 19, 2001