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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.


  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


  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?


  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.


  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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