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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Living Legend

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. EXT. TRAIN CAR - 07:15

  4. Dressed in a suit, PETER checks a badge in a pocket.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I join the July 1 Reception to show support. I've no desire to engage strangers. I'll be happy if steamed rice rolls with fillings are served.


  7. Lots of GUESTS. They sing "March of the Volunteer". Then, we hear the musical instrumental of "Below the Lion Rock".

  8. PETER (V.O.): The late Joseph Koo composed the music.

  9. After hearing a speech, Peter goes to the food section to get dim sum.

  10. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, no steamed rice rolls...

  11. Later, while Peter is having dim sum at a corner, a FRIEND with dim sum in hand joins him.

  12. FRIEND: I come for the steamed rice rolls, but...

  13. Act 2



  16. Peter (50) is speaking. The friend in the AUDIENCE listens attentively.

  17. PETER (V.O.): To formulate the copyright policy that should strike a balance among competing interests, I've to engage them.

  18. After the conference, the friend comes up to speak to Peter.

  19. FRIEND: The more I follow your talks, the more I associate you with Peter Pan. You embody the human desire to remain young and bright...


  21. A. Pop-up stage, Tsimshatsui promenade, 2013. Before Peter plays and sings his number, the friend directs other band MEMBERS before playing lead guitar.

  22. B. Arena, Hong Kong Science & Technology Park, 2014. Peter, his friend and other band members are performing on stage.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My friend is a professional. I'm so glad that he'd join me and play my original numbers to promote creativity.


  26. PETER: Hi Ricky! I discovered that you composed the music of the song "陌路歸人" .

  27. Ricky smiles.

  28. PETER (Cont'd): I'm interested to know the background. Did you write it while you're in the rural area?

  29. RICKY: No, I was in Argyle Street feeling boredom. You can tell from the melody.

  30. PETER: But it's a popular tune.

  31. RICKY: It worked because of the chemistry - the lyricist's effort and the singer's style.

  32. PETER: I see... I reckon 歷風 is your pseudonym.

  33. RICKY: Yes. I wrote songs for my artists then.

  34. PETER: You wrote the music of the song “陪著她". Why did you begin the song with a chorus?

  35. RICKY: The music just flew from my heart.

  36. Peter nods.

  37. RICKY: A song can be great even without a chorus eg the late Michael Lai's musical composition of ”大地恩情".

  38. PETER: Yes, the song has no repetition. I also love Charles Trenet's "La Mer"...

  39. Peter hums the melody.

  40. PETER (Cont'd): Among your musical compositions, I believe you love "天邊一隻雁" the most.

  41. RICKY: Yes, it's wildly creative. Joseph Koo found it unique too.

  42. Peter nods.

  43. RICKY (Cont'd) : The song first gained popularity in Canton through natural selection.

  44. PETER: How interesting!

  45. RICKY: I listen and analyse music. I've a good commercial sense what new songs would be appealing, in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

  46. PETER: I believe marketing plays a significant role too.

  47. RICKY: Yes, too many songs are written and published each day. Marketing via social media these days won't work either.

  48. PETER: And people have a preference for a particular era of music and idols that they feel a strong connection to.

  49. PETER (V.O.): That's why my new songs published in social media don't have any commercial value.

  50. Pausing.

  51. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): And it's hard to become a legend before death.

  52. Act 3

  53. EXT. TRAIN CAR - 10:15

  54. On Peter's phone screen, we see a black and white photo depicting Brian Epstein standing in the middle of three groups of boys sitting on a road curb.

  55. PETER (V.O.): The Beatles were sitting on the left, Gerry & the Pacemakers in the middle...

  56. Thinking.

  57. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): A living legend is one who has achieved legendary status in their field and is still alive and active. Ricky told me he got a new tune this morning.

  58. Peter checks a selfie on his Photos app, depicting Ricky and him taken on July 1, 2023.

  59. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): On pop music composing and administration in the HKSAR, Ricky Fung is a living legend.

  60. FADE OUT

  61. THE ENDi

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