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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Against the Current

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. LAKESIDE - 16:00


  4. Walking along the lakeside path, PETER watches a fish swimming.


  5. PETER (V.O.): How relaxed it is.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's safe here. No fishing is permitted.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There's no current here either. It doesn't have to swim against any.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is life a lot better at the lake?


  12. Act 2


  13. FLASHBACK


  14. INT. SWIMMING POOL, HOTEL OKURA - 18:15 (May 14, 2023)


  15. FAMILIES are having fun. Peter kicks water in a corner.


  16. PETER (V.O.): The pool is on the 28/F. It can't be big.


  17. Pausing.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If a hotel has swimming facilities, I won't waste it.


  19. Kicking water.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I meant to go to the outdoor one, but it's closing at 6:30pm.


  21. Soon, Peter leaves.


  22. EXT. WATER PARK, HOTEL OKURA - 11:30 (May 15, 2023)


  23. Sitting in a beach chair, Peter stares at the children in inflatable floats playing in the wave pool.


  24. PETER (V.O.): The artificial waves are like those in rough seas.


  25. Pausing.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me see how hard it is to swim against them.


  27. Entering the pool, Peter tries to swim.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No, the water is so shallow that my legs kick the cushioned pool bottom.


  29. Peter then uses an inflatable float.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To flow with the wave is effortless.


  31. Soon, Peter leaves.


  32. EXT. GOLDEN BEACH - 15:00 (Earlier)


  33. BEACH-GOERS here and there. Peter is the only one swimming in the sea.


  34. PETER (V.O.): My practice has been to swim from one side of the swimming area to the other side and return.


  35. Swimming breaststrokes.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The water here is clear. The waves aren't as dramatic as those in the hotel water park yesterday.


  37. Swimming.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe I've swum non-stop for over 30 minutes, but the other side isn't in sight yet...


  39. Swimming.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm swimming against the current. I can feel its strength.


  41. Swimming.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It exhausts me. I'm not a ship.


  43. Pausing.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Should I turn around and go with the flow?


  45. Swimming.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, only when I've reached my objective.


  47. Later, when he reaches the other side, Peter turns around and swims freestyle.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'll swim closer to the beach, just in case.


  49. We see Peter returning to his starting point in about 5 minutes.


  50. END FLASHBACK


  51. Act 3


  52. EXT. LAKE - CONTINUOUS


  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Swimming against the current swept me backwards.


  54. Pausing.


  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I didn't give up. I've achieved my objective.


  56. Peter takes a photo of the fish with his smartphone.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I haven't changed my attitude. I like to make things happen, even though they're hard.


  58. Peter then walks towards a lakeside restaurant.


  59. FADE OUT


  60. THE END




























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