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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Bend With the Wind

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 08:30

  4. As PETER wakes up, we hear wind sounds from the outside.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I dreamt I had parked my silver coupe in the Wan Chai office. I've retired for over 8 years.

  6. Peter shakes his head sideways.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For my 40 years of civil service, I struggled and rose from the entry rank to the top.

  8. Reflecting.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): From policy to administration, I went through a lot.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was, and still am, confident that I can resolve any problems practically and creatively.

  12. Later, his WIFE is about to wake up.

  13. PETER: As the storm #8 signal is still up, I'm going to buy breakfast rather than to let the maid do it.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. MALL - 10:30

  16. McDonalds'. Peter sees and hears a young STAFF saying "Hi".

  17. PETER (V.O.): I began working part-time at age 15.

  18. Having done his orders at the CASHIER, Peter waits among the crowd.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Business is particular good on a typhoon day.

  20. We hear the staff saying "Hi" to CUSTOMERS again.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He sounds mechanical. But he's very dutiful.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I love that. I was very dutiful too.

  24. Recalling.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was working as hotel waiter, I learned to serve customers with style.

  26. Recalling.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): During the summer holidays of 1970, I worked from 11am-11pm with two monthly holidays.



  30. A stormy morning. At a closed bar corner of an open-air sea view cafe, Peter is reading a book.

  31. PETER (V.O.): I just want to study before a day's work.

  32. Later, we see Mr YIP (60s) inspecting the bar, incidentally spotting Peter.

  33. PETER: Good morning, Mr Yip.

  34. Smiling a little, Mr Yip continues to inspect other spots.

  35. PETER (V.O.): Mr Yip is a dutiful Hotel Manager. He was a retired civil servant.

  36. A fortnight later at the CASHIER, Peter is getting paid. Mr Yip is around.

  37. MR YIP: Fai Chai (輝仔), you're so hardworking, let me tip you 20 dollars.

  38. Mr Yip takes out two $10 notes from his own pocket.

  39. PETER (Bowing): Thank you very much Mr Yip! Thank you very much Mr Yip!


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My monthly wages was just HK$150. And HK$20 means 4 days or 48 hours of work.

  42. As Peter gets his takeaways, we hear the young staff saying "Hi" again.

  43. INT. STUDY - 17:15

  44. Peter sees a WhatsApp message on his smart phone.

  45. PETER (V.O.) : Oh, it's from my wife.

  46. Reading.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My 1/2 share of our younger children's university and overseas expenses for the past year amounts to HK$500,000.

  48. Having typed on his smart phone, Peter sees a quick response: You can reimburse me by installments.

  49. INT. SITTING ROOM - 22:00

  50. Peter and his wife are skyping with their elder DAUGHTER and SON on screen

  51. WIFE (To daughter and then son): The typhoon has prevented me from posting the stuff to you today! Let me have your payment invoices in good time!

  52. .Act 3

  53. INT. BEDROOM - 23:00

  54. Peter goes to bed.

  55. PETER (V.O.): Adversity is like a typhoon. It tears away from us what can be torn and let us see who we really are.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's better to bend with the wind to let go than to break.

  58. Reflecting.

  59. PETER (V.O.): Life isn't about waiting for the typhoon to pass. It's about how we can be resilient and adaptive to adversity.

  60. It's quiet outside. Peter sleeps.

  61. THE END

  62. FADE OUT

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