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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Another Side

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 08:00


  4. Dressed in a 3-piece suit PETER is checking his brief case.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Today is the 6th day of the Chinese New Year and I start working.


  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Actually, I'm not keen about my professional work.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I only look forward to rewarding myself after doing it.


  10. DAY DREAMING SEQUENCE


  11. A. Cha Chaan Teng, Ma Tau Kok. A plate of fried vermicelli with sliced beef, peppers and black beans is put on the table.


  12. B. Peter can't wait to sample it and then takes a look of another side of the fried vermicelli.


  13. END DAYDREAM SEQUNCE


  14. Act 2


  15. MONTAGE OF PETER'S PROFESSIONAL WORK


  16. A. Interview room. Assisted by INTERPRETER#1, Peter is talking to a WOMAN.


  17. B. Interview room. An OFFICER, with a laptop and a portable printer by her side, is interviewing the woman with the help of INTERPRETER#2 in the presence of Peter.


  18. END MONTAGE


  19. INT. INTERVIEW ROOM, MA TAU KOK - 10.15


  20. As the officer is printing files, she spots a problem.


  21. OFFICER: No ink! Well, I've brought a spare ink cartridge.


  22. PETER (V.O.): The officer is very well prepared.


  23. Peter then notices the officer having another problem with the printer.


  24. OFFICER: I don't know how to replace the cartridge...


  25. Peter offers his helping hand.


  26. PETER (V.O.): That's another side of the officer.


  27. Later, when they're about to part, interpreter#2 talks to Peter in Indonesian.


  28. INTERPETER#2: OMG, I've spoken too much Indonesian just then and I'm speaking Indonesian to you!


  29. PETER: No problem. I wish to learn some Indonesian. I've researched on the Indonesian song "Bengawan Solo".


  30. Interpreter#2 is taken by surprise.


  31. PETER (Cont'd): I'm also a singer-songwriter.


  32. Pausing.


  33. PETER (Cont'd): I want to find out how the song was created and why it's so popular in Asia.


  34. Peter shows an image on his phone screen to interpreter#2. We see a man's image and the name "Gesang".


  35. PETER (Cont'd): Gesang wrote the song "Bengawan Solo" in 1940 at the age of 23...How to pronounce his name?


  36. INT. CHA CHAAN TENG - 11:30


  37. Peter is enjoying a plate of fried vermicelli with sliced beef, peppers and black beans.


  38. PETER (V.O.): If the venue of my assignment wasn't changed from Castle Peak to Ma Tau Kok, I won't be here today.


  39. Pausing.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But detainees in the Ma Tau Kok center might not be able to enjoy the outdoor sunshine.


  41. As Peter checks another side of the fried vermicelli, we see some half-burnt vermicelli.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're crispy and I love that. Furthermore...


  43. FLASHBACK


  44. INT. CASTLE PEAK HOTEL - DAY (1970)


  45. At a corner, Peter (16) in a waiter outfit, is enjoying a plate of fried of vermicelli with sliced beef, peppers and black beans.


  46. PETER (V.O.): I like flat noodles but staff can only order vermicelli as few customers would order vermicelli.


  47. Eating.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I like the half-burnt crispy part.


  49. RETURN TO PRESENT


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm reliving the past too.


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. STUDY - 22:00


  53. Peter is working on a laptop.


  54. PETER (V.O.): There's a side of me that likes engagement. There's another side of me that likes to be alone.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): At my age now, I just like to write and publish what I want to say or sing.


  57. Thinking.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There is always another side of anything, always.


  59. THE END


  60. FADE OUT













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