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Country Port “郷港”


FADE IN:

INT. BLUE CABIN - DAY

Waking up, PETER checks his phone's alarm clock.

PETER (V.O.)

I always wake up before

time.

INT. BLUE CAFE - DAY

Facing the blue sea. Enjoying the sea view and his breakfast, Peter talks to himself.

PETER (V.O.)

I'm leaving this peaceful

country port after breakfast.

In the afternoon, I'll be back

to the new and unhappy "country port".

Peter drinks his grape juice.

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

Away from home, I'm still

aware of outsiders' considerable

interest over Hong Kong's

disorder.

FLASHBACK

INT. BLUE CABIN - NIGHT

Lying in bed with his smart phone in hand, Peter reads WeChat messages.

PETER (V.O.)

Well, I've never seen so

many chats about Hong

Kong...

Pausing.

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

Oh, they're discussing

the lack of analytical

capacity of Hongkongers.

Pausing.

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

Oh, one coins the “郷港”

label, as Hongkongers

are no longer “fragrant

(香)”

Pausing.

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

They chat if Shanghai

and Beijing can replace

“郷港” as a financial

centre.

Pausing.

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

They're elites. Hongkongers

have done their home a

great disservice and are

still enjoying it!

Looking unhappy, Peter sends a What'sApp message to his family's chat group before putting away his phone.

INT. DESIGN SHOP - DAY

As Peter is about to pay for his purchase, the SHOPKEEPER (50s) ask curiously.

SHOPKEEPER

Where're you from?

PETER

Hong Kong.

SHOPKEEPER

(Hesitating)

People there... strike...

Peter nods.

SHOPKEEPER

I give you a discount...

That makes Peter happy.

INT. TRAVEL AGENCY - DAY

Arriving, Peter presents a voucher to an AGENT (40s).

AGENT

I've been waiting for you.

You're from Hong Kong?

I've never been there.

Peter nods.

AGENT (Cont'd)

People there protest in

large numbers.

PETER

Yes. Hong Kong has got

around 30,000 police

officers.

The agent looks shocked.

PETER (Cont'd)

The Police can't arrest

tens of thousands of

protesters for unlawful

assembly...

Pausing.

AGENT

Peaceful though.

PETER (Cont'd)

Yes, but there're some

violence.

Peter leaves to board a pick-up coach.

EXT. COACH - DAY

At a stop, other TOURISTS get on board. We hear someone speaking in Cantonese: Hong Kong is an unhappy place now. Let's go and have some fun!

PETER (V.O.)

Quite right. Hong Kong

has been undergoing a

downward spiral.

EXT. BLUE CAVE - DAY

In front of the cave is a laguna at low tide largely surrounded by corals. The sun rays in the afternoon can't shine through the laguna.

Following the GUIDES, tourists including Peter jump into the laguna and snorkel towards the cave.

PETER (V.O.)

The colour of the cave

doesn't look like the

one on adverts. Timing

is everything including

politics.

EXT. SHORELINE - DAY

Little blue fish swim freely in pockets of clear water along the shoreline. Peter squats down to observe them.

PETER (V.O.)

The blue fish is so blue.

Hong Kong is blue on

blue.

Following the guides, Peter and OTHERS snorkel along the coral shoreline.

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

The deeper the sea, the

bluer it is. The fish isn't

bothered with our snorkelling. I come here in peace!

END FLASHBACK

INT. CLUBHOUSE SWIMMING POOL - DAY

Light and deep blue floor-tile patterns. Peter swims, avoiding clashing other SWIMMERS.

PETER (V.O.)

Conflicts are good for

dramas but bad in real

life.

INT. CLUBHOUSE - DAY

Peter researches with his phone.

PETER (V.O.)

Oshigaki is 4 times bigger

than Hong Kong island.

It has a population of

about 50,000, while Hong

Kong island should have

around 1,500,0000.

Pausing.

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

Perhaps, many Hongkongers

have no place to go. But

when will the protesting

ones wake up? FADE OUT.

The End


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