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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Bamboo Garden

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 09:00


  4. Rushing in, PETER gets his wallet and leaves immediately.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I'm taking my wife's lift back to my chambers.


  6. EXT. ROADS - 09:15


  7. Peter's WIFE is driving. Peter observes the traffic.


  8. PETER : Rush hour, slow cars.


  9. EXT. LOWER ALBERT ROAD - 09:30


  10. At St John's Cathedral, Peter hesitates as to which way he should go.


  11. PETER (V.O.): It's a sunny morning. I suddenly have the urge to visit the Botanical Garden.

  12. Recalling.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the late 1950s, my family went there often.


  14. Act 2


  15. EXT. HONG KONG BOTANICAL GARDEN - 09:45


  16. Walking through a Memorial Arch, Peter bumps into a Bamboo Garden.


  17. PETER (V.O.): If I saw a garden like this overseas, I'd just rush past.

  18. .

  19. Peter sits in a bench under the shade.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Before the invention and use of paper, masterpieces were written on bamboo.


  21. Peter takes out his smart phone.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Helping Quorans and myself to find life balance and inner peace has been my daily endeavour.


  23. Thinking and typing for a while.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Done. Let me visit the Garden Terrace Fountain.


  25. Strolling past colourful flowerbeds and plants, Peter captures photos from different angles.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The photos taken and developed by my Dad were all black and white. But they're soulful.


  27. Pausing.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Things change a lot in a decade, not to mention in over half a century.


  29. Returning to the Memory Gate later, Peter studies the inscriptions.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it's dedicated to the Chinese who died assisting the Allies during WW1 and WW2.


  31. Pausing.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Who were they?


  33. SEQUENCE OF PETER'S AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES


  34. A. Chambers. Having put some papers into his brief case, Peter passes a cheque to a SECRETARY.


  35. B. Sony store. Having presented some QR codes and paid, Peter gets 4 speakers from a STAFF.


  36. C. Cha Chaan Teng. Having finished his lunch, Peter enjoys his coffee and reads Quora Digest.


  37. RETURN TO PRESENT


  38. PETER (V.O.): What was the Maidan Revolution that took place in Ukraine in Feb 2014.


  39. Peter surfs the web.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it resulted the overthrow of the then Ukrainian government.


  41. Reading.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the sequences were similar to what happened in Hong Kong in the latter part of 2019.


  43. EXT. HENNESSY ROAD - 15:00


  44. Walking, Peter is glued to his phone screen.


  45. PETER (V.O.): Oh, there're foreign involvement. No wonder.


  46. EXT. MTR CABIN - 15:15


  47. Standing, Peter is in thoughts.


  48. PETER (V.O.): I was then preoccupied with supporting a major international IP conference to be held in Hong Kong.


  49. INT. MALL - 15:45

  50. ATM. After tapping Account Inquiry and seeing the balance on screen, Peter looks shocked.


  51. PETER (V.O.): Oh, the little balance won't be good to settle my chambers' rent! Have I invested too much in Chinese stocks?


  52. Peter taps Transfer..


  53. Act 3


  54. INT. STUDY - 20:00


  55. In his Google Photos App, Peter checks bamboo images.


  56. PETER (V.O.): Unlike stiff trees that crack easily, bamboo bends in the wind - flexible, yet firm; delicate, yet strong.


  57. Thinking.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What is worth fighting for metaphorically isn't power and glory but the prospect of uplifting and transforming humanity.


  59. Reading. Peter is astonished.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For Chinese bamboo, there's no growth for 4 years. And then in year 5, it grows almost 1 meter in a single day!


  61. Pausing.


  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In today's world economy, a bad year in China is a good year in any other country.


  63. FADE OUT


  64. THE END



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