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Weekday Holidays


FADE IN:

EXT. ROAD - DAY

PETER and his WIFE are inside their SMART car.

WIFE

When will you set off

tonight?

PETER

Around 10pm. See if

we could have dinner

together before I go.

MONTAGE OF PETER'S JOURNEY TO WAKAYAMA AND OSAKA AREAS IN MAY 2019.

A/ A wet night. Peter gets on a Route E22 bus and looks a bit shocked to find that he only needs to pay $2.

B/ Inside a Jetstar plane, Peter sits at 2A.

C/ At Narita Airport, Peter gets his boarding pass to Kansai Airport.

D/ In flight, Peter sees clouds clearing and the sun emerging.

E/ At Kansai, Peter gets on board a train.

F/ Getting off from Kada Station, Peter walks towards the sea.

END MONTAGE

EXT. VILLAGE ROAD - DAY

With hand to forehead, Peter looks out to the distance under the sun.

PETER (V.O.)

I'm glad that it's such

a sunny day!

FLASHBACK

INT. STUDY - DAY

As he packs, Peter takes time to surf the web.

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, it'd rain. Just hope

that when I set off, the

rain would have already

gone away. I want to see

sunset by the sea.

END FLASHBACK

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd) I believe my objective

of coming here can be

met.

Peter serves the web with this smart phone.

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

The sun sets at 6.58 pm.

EXT. CONVENTIONAL RESORT - SUNSET

Beautiful sunset. Peter is busy with his photography. So are other GUESTS.

INT. RESTAURANT - SUNSET

Peter takes a photo of the sight before finding his name plate on a dinner table.

PETER (V.O.)

The ambience reminds me

of my teenage working days

at the Castle Peak Hotel.

A WAITRESS and a WAITER serve Peter.

INT. ONSEN - NIGHT

Open-aired. Steam over water and wave sounds. Peter looks to the sea as he bathes.

PETER (V.O.)

Since retirement, I've

enjoyed more of this. As

a senior citizen now, I

deserve the finer things

of life.

INT. ONSEN - MORNING

Peter bathes in a different and bigger one.

PETER (V.O.)

Seaview and onsen are

the main attractions of

this resort. I must bath

one more time before

checking out.

EXT. CONVENTIONAL RESORT - DAY

Blue sky decorated with clouds as if drawn by an impressionistic painter.

PETER (V.O.)

This is beyond my

expectation!

Peter and other guests are busy taking photos and selfies.

PETER (V,O,) (Con't'd)

I'm not in a hurry to leave.

Let me explore this place

by walking by the sea.

EXT. BEACH - DAY

Facilities are closed. Not a soul except Peter.

PETER (V.O.)

It's May and the temperature

is about 27 degree C...

Peter then sees a colourful directional sign post.

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

Let me use it to colour

the beach in my photos and

video clips. Let me make

something out of something.

INT. KADA STATION - DAY

Peter sits on a bench.

PETER (V.O.)

Where should I go? To Osaka

or Namba now? But I'm in

the Wakayama area. Let me

go to Wakayamashi and check

it out.

INT. WAKAYAMASHI STATION - DAY

Peter walks around.

PETER (V.O.)

Here doesn't seem to be

the right railway station to

take the "Cat Train".

He surfs the web using his smart phone.

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

I see. I should go to the

Wakayama Station. The

two stations are kilometers

apart.

INT, WAKAYAMA STATION - DAY

Holding a one-day pass, Peter goes to platform No.9, where the Cat Train (or Tama Densha) is waiting.

PETER (V..O.)

At last! But I recall Ni Tama,

the cat station master at the

Kishi Station should be off-

duty today.

INT. KISHI STATION - DAY

Cat-like shape. Having bought some Tama stationary at its souvenior shop, Peter orders a Tama French toast set at its Cafe. Seeing TOURISTS posing in front of a bookshelf-like installation, Peter checks it out.

PETER (V.O.)

Oh! It's Ni Tama, the cat

station master. Skipping

a day off for me?

As Peter takes photos of the cat station master, Ni Tama looks back at Peter dismissively.

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

I know what you say: "What

a fuss!" But you don't know

you're succeeding the role-

play of a success story of

character merchandizing!

INT. FIRST CABIN, NISHIUMEDA - DAY

Elegant and modern ambience. After breakfast, Peter engages a robot carrying a kid.

PETER (V.O.)

The robot is a few years

old now. Carrying a kid

makes it less cool!

Pausing.

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

After checking out, Where

should I go? I don't need

to eat or buy anything.

EXT. ROAD, FUKUSHIMA - NAMBA - DAY

Wearing a cap, Peter strolls. He stops watching roadside sculptures. One small two-piece bronze sculpture gets Peter's attention.

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, it's by Henry Moore

in 1979. What did I do in

1979? I first got married...

Peter is in deep thoughts.

INT. KANSAI AIRPORT - DAY

Boarding pass in hand, Peter checks a directional sign post.

PETER (V.O.)

In Kansai area, I'd try

okonomiyaki, it's a kind

of geographic indication

from the IP perspective.

INT. OKONOMIYAKI RESTAURANT - DAY

Hand on stomach, Peter pays at the cashier, as people queuing nearby look on.

PETER (V.O.)

When I was here, the queue

wasn't that long. Otherwise, I'd

have missed the opportunity

of trying the authentic dish

here. But my expectations

are too high for the Japanese

savory pancake.

INT. SLEEPING ROOM - NIGHT

Midnight. Peter sleeps. We see and hear his wife coming home.

PETER (V.O.)

It's already one o'clock in

the morning in Japan. I

don't want to get up...

Peter continues to sleep.

EXT. ROAD - DAY

PETER and his WIFE are inside their SMART car.

WIFE

When I came back from work

last night, you've already slept.

Peter nods.

PETER (V.O.)

Only senior citizens can afford

to have regular weekday

holidays!

FADE OUT. The End

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