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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Bucket List

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BED ROOM - DAY


  4. PETER wakes up.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I had a dream, doing location filming. I was a director, directing an actress to act.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The actress wasn't unfamiliar to me, but I couldn't remember her name.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now, I can recall her name. She was a colleague of mine in the mid 1980s.


  10. Recalling.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But we haven't been in touch since then. How strange!


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Seeing her is definitely not on my bucket list.


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. STUDY - DAY


  16. Mobile in hand, Peter is checking stock prices.


  17. PETER (V.O.): The other day, a Quoran asks me if people can actually complete his/her bucket list.

  18. Pausing.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A bucket list is a number of experience that a person hopes to accomplish during his/her lifetime.


  20. Pausing.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although I don't have a list, trading stocks is probably one of them. I've already begun experiencing it.


  22. Pausing.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Last week, I bought stocks of just one bank. I thought I had bought the stocks of a bank in Hong Kong. Later, I found out I had actually bought the stocks of the Mainland one.


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's an experience nonetheless.


  26. Pausing.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Today, I've bought the stocks of other banks, of a hotel and of a developer. I'm diversifying my investment.


  28. Pausing.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe I've to wait for sometime being having the experience of selling stocks, otherwise I'd suffer losses.


  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anyhow, I enjoy the experience, as I can't bear holding onto idle money.


  32. INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT


  33. Peter and his WIFE are doing Skype. We see on computer screen windows, their DAUGHTER, her BOYFRIEND and his FATHER (印富煥) and MOTHER (李東洵). All smile.


  34. PETER (to microphone): Annyeong haseyo... I'm Peter...


  35. We hear the daughter interpret Peter's remarks in Japanese and then her boyfriend interpret them into Korean.


  36. PETER (V.O.): The father is suffering from terminal cancer and he'd like to engage us while he still can.


  37. We hear Cantonese-Japanese-Korean and then Korean-Japanese-Cantonese; and repeats.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm very happy to find that the father is still living his dreams.


  39. After a short while, we see on screen the father has to lie down in bed.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There'll be a time when one finds one don't have more time to do the things one has always wanted.


  41. Later, they wave goodbye at the screen.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We've talked about the meeting for several weeks. The father has been staying in a hospital near Seoul.


  43. Pausing.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was just days ago the father was discharged; and he wanted to return to their home in Busan.


  45. Pausing.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, when life gives one the opportunity to check off a thing on the bucket list, one has to check it.


  47. Pausing.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And this time, I feel that we all have uplifted and transformed ourselves in a caring and loving way.


  49. Pausing.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, we all have to face any adversity with positive attitude and smile.


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. BED ROOM - NIGHT


  53. Peter is in bed.


  54. PETER (V.O.): After our Skype meeting, my wife and I and our pet had a walk at the promenade nearby.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The moon is particularly full on the eve of the Mid-Autumn festival.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Those dear but not close to me are watching the same moon under the same sky.


  59. Pausing.


  60. 'PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's comforting, as we are not dreaming it, but are living it.


  61. FADE OUT.


  62. THE END



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