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  • Peter Kam Fai Cheung SBS

My Friend


FADE IN:

INT. STUDY - DAY

Reading a thick book, PETER pauses. He taps the CALENDAR of his phone and scrolls down until the year 1987. He checks the October dates.

PETER (V.O.)

Yes, October 19, 1987 was

a Black Monday. The Hong

Kong stock market began

to crash.

FLASHBACK

INT. OFFICE - DAY (October 19, 1987)

Peter (33) in suit waits and waits. Then a SECRETARY relates a message.

SECRETARY

They're having an emergency

meeting...wouldn't know when

anybody would be available to

see you. You may like to go to

the law library meanwhile.

Peter looks surprised and leaves.

PETER (V.O.)

I've advised the office that I'd

be reporting duty this morning,

having completed the Foreign

Office legal scholarship in UK.

INT. LAW LIBRARY - DAY

Dead quiet. Not a soul except Peter. He picks out thick books from the shelves and browses through them.

A beat.

The secretary comes in to speak to Peter. He nods disappointingly.

INT. HOME - NIGHT

Sitting in a sofa, Peter and his WIFE (31) watch TV news. The anchor reports: the Hong Kong stock market crash today has spread west to Europe.

PETER

I see! They had more important

things to do than seeing me.

I'm just one among the many

in the system.

.

RETURN TO PRESENT

Peter flips through the pages. He stops when he sees "Penny Stocks".

FLASHBACK

INT. SEMI-DETACHED HOUSE - DAY (2002)

Peter (48) visits the premises. A FRIEND (50) comes down from the first floor, coughing a little. The friend's WIFE (48) looks concerned.

FRIEND

(Taking a breath)

Ah Fai.

PETER

How are you...

FRIEND

(Dismissively)

I don't care about it. I just

focus on my company's

listing in the GEM Board.

PETER

(Emphatic)

Understood. That's what

you've been striving for.

FRIEND

You've got to support me -

a lot!

PETER

Yes! Of course!

Peter's friend passes him some papers.

FRIEND

These papers are for private

placement...

INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT (2002)

Peter reads a newspaper's stock column. His WIFE (38) is by his side.

PETER

Oh dear, my friend's company

stock has been one of the top

10 falling stocks for several

days straight. The market is

most unkind to my dying

friend. Yes! Let's buy more!

WIFE

. (Shocked)

Buy more?

PETER

Yes! To support my friend,

I don't mind if they become

penny stocks.

Peter's wife stares at him unbelievably.

INT - FUNERAL HOME - DAY (2002)

LADIES and GENTLEMEN in mourning. An alter photo depicts Peter's friend. Peter stares at the burning of sacrificial items including a branded paper car.

PETER (V.O,)

When we're at school, he

drove us here and there.

He never owned a very

expensive brand though...

EXT - BRANDED CAR SHOWROOM - DAY (2002)

Peter takes delivery of an avant garde model.

PETER (V.O.)

I'm pretentious. I'm just

a salaried employee.

Peter drives the brand new car away, like a chauffeur.

RETURN TO PRESENT

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Yes, the stocks weren't worth

even a penny later.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Without competent actors to

direct and manage a company,

the principles, rules and

processes would have no

impact on corporate governance.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

It's good that browsing over

this book brings back memories

of my friend.

Peter places his hand on the cheek.

FADE OUT. The End

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