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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Days

Updated: Oct 29, 2021

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - 19:30


  4. From the balcony, PETER takes a look of skyscrapers in a distance.


  5. PETER (V.O.): It has never occurred to me that I can see the world's 4th tallest building from here.


  6. Recalling.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Otherwise, the environment is no different from the days in the past.


  8. Recalling.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since the death of my Dad 10 years ago, my family and I ceased spending our Saturday nights here.

  10. Recalling.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Years ago, I spent one night here just because I had a breakfast meeting in Shenzhen the next day.


  12. Recalling.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the 1980s, I couldn't see any structures on the Shenzhen side.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. INT. OFFICE, YUEN LONG - DAY (1978)


  17. Peter (24) is checking a demarcation plan.


  18. PETER (V.O.): I've become the Area Officer of Demarcation District 104, responsible for controlling squatters in the Mai Po area.


  19. Pausing.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I see an extraordinary large lot. I believe it's the site of a private residential estate under development.


  21. Pausing.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If there's any squatters there, the developer should have dealt with them.


  23. Pausing.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Would people illegally erect temporary structures near the freshwater ponds to watch the fish and the migratory waterbirds?


  25. EXT. MAI PO AREA - DAY


  26. Having parked his car at Castle Peak Road, Peter walks towards the fish ponds. Dump trucks carrying soil pass him by from time to time.


  27. PETER (V.O.): It's quite a job to fill the wetland for development.


  28. Peter takes different fishpond paths.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I feel like picnicking on duty - my best job ever!


  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My dream is to buy one of the houses in that private residential estate in future.


  32. INT. OFFICE - DAY (1982)


  33. COLLEAGUE#1 chats with a few COLLEAGUES including Peter (28).


  34. COLLEAGUE#1: I've got the key of a friend's holiday home at Fairview Park. Shall we spend a Saturday night there?


  35. PETER: Please count me in.


  36. SEQUENCE OF PETER'S EXPERIENCE OF THE HOLIDAY HOME


  37. A. Peter and other colleagues park their cars outside a house.


  38. B. They inspect the front and back gardens, the sitting room, kitchen and storeroom on G/F, and the bedrooms and toilets on 1/F.


  39. C. Then, they go out to visit a big artificial lake and the estate mall.


  40. D. At night, they've a barbecue party in the house gardens.


  41. E. Later, Peter sleeps on the floor.


  42. F. The next morning, they've tea in the mall's restaurant.


  43. END SEQUENCE


  44. EXT. FAIRVIEW PARK - DAY (1983)


  45. Estate map in hand, Peter (29) and his wife SHARON (28) inspect different houses.


  46. PETER: Nobody is buying houses here. We've plenty of choices. We'd buy from the developer direct. We don't have to pay commission.


  47. Sharon nods.


  48. PETER (Cont'd): As the price has gone down by 40%, I think we should buy a 3-storey one. We'll sleep on 1/F.


  49. Sharon smiles.


  50. PETER (Cont'd): As we've cars, I prefer one situated at a quiet area with a two-way traffic access road.


  51. Sharon nods.


  52. PETER (Cont'd): And it should be away from the estate boundary so that illegal immigrants from Shenzhen wouldn't bother us...


  53. RETURN TO PRESENT


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Those were the days.


  55. Act 3


  56. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - CONTINUOUS


  57. PETER (V.O.): Decent housing is what any young couple yearn for.


  58. Pausing.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We didn't know the burden of paying over 15% interest on the mortgage then.


  60. Pausing.


  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It could make everything falling apart. But we managed in the end.


  62. From the balcony, Peter takes a photo of his front garden and the driveway.


  63. FADE OUT


  64. THE END






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