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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


  15. INT. SWIMMING POOL, KOWLOON PARK - 10:30


  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.


  26. EXT. AVIARY, KOWLOON PARK - 12:45


  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.

  31. EXT/INT. HONG KONG HERITAGE DISCOVERY CENTRE, KOWLOON PARK - 13:00


  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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