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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Man's Love

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - AFTER MIDNIGHT


  4. PETER is working on his laptop.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I've had a pretty relaxed Sunday afternoon.

  6. MONTAGE OF PETER'S SUNDAY EXPERIENCE


  7. A. Peter's WIFE has brought home breakfast sets for the FAMILY.


  8. B. Reading a thick white book, Peter sits with his wife on a sofa.


  9. C. In a supermarket, Peter shops with his wife.


  10. D. Peter, his wife and KAJI, the family pet, are strolling in the pet garden.

  11. E. Peter's wife cooks dinner for the family.


  12. END MONTAGE


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Last Sunday, we bid our final farewell to her adopted Mom and my Mom-in-law.


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. STUDY - CONTINUOUS


  16. Peter pauses his typing.


  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My Mom-in-law was illiterate. But she was able to arrange my wife's maternal mother, her sister, and her family to settle in Hong Kong in the early 50s.


  18. Pausing.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She was actually my second Mom-in-law.


  20. Pausing.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My first Mom-in-law was also of limited means. But she managed to guide her children to attend prestigious secondary schools.


  22. Pausing.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): About a decade ago, she suddenly passed away.


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My late wife Sharon was conducting a children's choir, reading her MPhil degree in Music at CUHK and studying advanced Japanese.


  26. Pausing.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If she didn't die young, what would she have become?


  28. Pondering.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My maternal grandma died half a century ago. Inscribed on her tombstone was the Great Mom/Grandma.


  30. Recalling.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): All of her life, her only enjoyment was devotion to the family.


  32. Peter checks the clock.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's already March 8 - the International Women's Day.


  34. Peter shuts down his laptop.


  35. EXT. MTR TRAIN - DAY


  36. Crowded. Carrying two big box files, Peter sees the priority seats are being occupied.


  37. PETER (V.O.): I wouldn't mind taking a priority seat if there's a vacant one.


  38. Peter then sees a pregnant WOMAN, eyeing at the priority seats.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Advanced in pregnancy, I believe she's still working.


  40. Recalling.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When my wives were pregnant, I found them very beautiful. And I admired them a lot.


  42. Recalling.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was a kid, I was happy that I was a boy and not a girl. I heard that it was great pain to give birth.


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And that's what women can do but men can't. We aren't born equal.


  46. Pausing.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Nowadays, women play more roles than men. Nothing can dim the light the shines from within.


  48. Pausing.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Last year, I wrote a short song celebrating International Women's Day.


  50. Pausing.


  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, I haven't written any new songs since!


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  54. Watching TV news, Peter works on his laptop..


  55. PETER (V.O.): My late wife's unfulfilled wish was to see how our son would develop his qualities and potential. I've been witnessing that for her.


  56. Pausing.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And yesterday night, he reminded me of something that I hadn't done. And so I caught up in the small hours of the morning. Otherwise, my day today wouldn't be satisfying.


  58. Pausing.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife and I have the courage to raise our son like a daughter -kicking ballet. He was doing well but couldn't bear society's gender stereotypes.


  60. Smiling.


  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My sons are dating good women now, motivating them to do better still.


  62. Pausing.


  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For all the women who have had an impact on my life, I won't forget. But a man's love is all I can give.


  64. FADE OUT.


  65. THE END


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