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At "Yen: 0"


FADE IN:

INT. HOTEL EMISIA - NIGHT

A male reception STAFF (30) checks in PETER.

STAFF

You'll stay here for three

nights...

PETER

(Nodding)

Have I paid already?

Having checked the monitor again, the staff nods affirmatively.

FLASHBACK

INT. STUDY - DAY

PETER works on his mobile.

PETER (V.O.)

Hotels in Sapporo are so

expensive during the Snow

Festival.This one is one

train station away from

Sapporo and charges at

250% of its normal rate...

Can't be cancelled ...

Pausing.

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

Okay, I'm going, no matter

what.

INT. RESTAURANT - DAY

Having lunch with a GENTLEMAN(65), Peter answers a call.

PETER

(To the phone)

No, I've to decline the brief.

I won't be in Hong Kong.

PETER

(To the Gentleman)

Matters like this happen.

It's my routine to travel

at least once a month.

END FLASHBACK

The staff presents Peter with a colourful coupon.

STAFF

Here is a coupon from

nearby restaurants.

FLASHBACK & MONTAGE

A/ A female reception STAFF (20) checks in Peter and presents him with a colourful restaurant coupon.

B/ Finding the restaurant, Peter steps inside, does the order and presents the restaurant coupon to WAITRESS#1.

C/ Checking the bill, Peter notices the price for one item is "Yen: 0".

RETURN TO PRESENT

A small image on the coupon caught Peter's eyes.

PETER (V.O.)

A free bowl of Salmon

Roe Rice? That's my

favourite...usually not

cheap...I've faith in

Japanese food ethics.

Peter pockets the coupon.

EXT. ROAD - NIGHT

Covered with deep snow, dotted by idling taxis. Peter waits at a pedestrian crossing with the restaurant coupon in hand.

PETER (V.O.)

Finding a place on a map

is very different from finding

it at the scene, especially at

night, at sub-zero temperatures

and on slippery icy surface.

When the light goes green, Peter carefully walks across the road awkwardly. Then he sees his target restaurant.

PETER

Yes, that's it!

INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT

Inside a partitioned room, a waitress receives Peter. He points at images of Sirloin Steak and Soft Drink on the menu and presents the restaurant coupon pointing at the Salmon Roe Rice image. When he is served with the food and drink later, he takes photos of them.

PETER (V.O.)

Well, they all look very

good, particularly the

Salmon Roe Rice.

Checking his phone image of Salmon Roe Rice and comparing it with the one depicted on the coupon, Peter looks very pleased.

PETER(V.O.) (Cont'd) My shot is better!

Quickly, Peter finishes the food and drink on the table. Later, when he checks the bill in Japanese he finds an item at"Yen:0"

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

What is free is just as good

as others. I must write a

good review and come

again if I can!

INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

Enjoying a green-tea ice cream, Peter checks Google Maps.

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

The restaurant isn't even

listed. Let me be the

first one to write it a

review and give it 5

stars to help it grow

its business.

Peter taps his Google Maps account. We see under Peter's account: "971 reviews and 833, 294 views".

INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT

Inside a partitioned room, WAITRESS#2 receives Peter who orders by pointing SWIFTLY at menu images of Sirloin Steak and Soft Drink. He also presents the restaurant coupon pointing at the Salmon Roe Rice image.

EXT. OTARU STATION - NIGHT

Peter waits at the snow-covered platform.

PETER(V.O.)

Should I go back to the

same restaurant for the

third time? The Royton

Hotel I'm staying is far

away from it...

FADE OUT.

The End


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