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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

An Archeological Dig

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. EXT. KOWLOON PARK - 10:15

  4. Entering via the East gate, PETER walks up a path.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I used to come here a lot in the early 1970s and early 1990s.

  6. Peter looks around.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The sands of time sink fast.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Where have all the landscapes gone?

  10. Observing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I didn't leave any trace of my passages.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But memories come flooding back.

  14. Act 2


  16. Swimming, Peter is among the ELDERLY.

  17. PETER (V.O.): I thought about hiking in Cheung Chau or Lantau Island this morning.

  18. Swimming.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Then, I had the urge to fix a defective pedal switch in a music store in Tsimshatsui.

  20. Swimming.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having gone back to my chambers briefly, I'm exercising here.

  22. Swimming.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yesterday, I had hours of mild headaches. Not sure if it was due to stress or dehydration.

  24. Swimming.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But it reminds me of relaxion, and health is wealth.


  27. PETER (V.O.): I don't know the aviary here.

  28. Holding his smart phone, Peter has its camera aiming at a pair of grey parrots with red tails.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): These African parrots are obsessed with kissing. Here they come again.

  30. Peter captures the moments.


  32. Peter sees a sign: Lights of Jinsha - The Ancient Shu Civilisation 30/12/2022 - 29/3/2023.

  33. PETER (V.O.): Should I see it?

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I don't see it now and want to see it later, I've to fly to Chengdu.

  36. Smiling.

  37. PETER (V.O.): I don't mind going to Chengdu. I've a tri-lingual song called "Go Chengdu"...

  38. Stepping inside the Centre, Peter begins the discovery tour.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):Our heritage makes us unique.

  40. Inside the exhibition hall, Peter examines pieces of bronze and jade exhibits unearthed from archeological sites in Sichuan Province.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Well, these sacrificial artifacts reveal the civilisation of ancient Shu of 4000 years ago.

  42. At a corner, Peter watches a video clip being shown.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I tend to believe collecting experience is better than collecting things, as experience impact on our personality and identity.

  44. Thinking.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But experience can't be unearthed. Without the unearthed things, there can be no inference what ancient civilisation was like.

  46. Thinking.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Would our physical world be replaced by the virtual world?

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Would an archeological dig be like mining a metaverse in the multiverses in future?

  50. Act 3

  51. EXT. KOWLOON PARK - 14:15

  52. Leaving the Centre, Peter walks down a path.

  53. PETER (V.O.): Life humbles me as I grow old. I unearth my stories.

  54. Reflecting.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is the discovery of a person's potential like an archeological dig?

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If so, I've to dig mine more fully.

  58. Peter exits via the South gate.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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