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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Big Brother

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. EXT. PROMENADE - 17:00

  4. Mildly sunny. PETER, his WIFE, and KAJI, the family pet, arrive with a cart.

  5. PETER: You continue to walk the dog, I'll stay here.

  6. As they walk away, Peter takes out a turtle from the cart and puts it on the ground.

  7. PETER (V.O.): Dai Gou, I'll walk you here.

  8. Settling down, we see Dai Gou observing the environment.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's time for you to stretch your muscles and to enjoy the sunshine.

  10. As Dai Gou begins walking, Peter protects him from behind.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've to ensure he gets noticed or passers-by might hurt him inadvertently.

  12. We see some PASSERS-BY beginning to notice Dai Gou's existence.

  13. PASSER-BY#1: It's a turtle!

  14. Act 2


  16. Peter and passers-by are watching Dai Gou taking his tiny steps in the direction of the sea.

  17. PASSER-BY#2: The turtle isn't slow at all!

  18. PETER (V.O.): Dai Gou does his steps speedily.

  19. PASSER-BY#3: I've never seen a turtle walking that fast.

  20. PETER (V.O.): Dai Gou also walks relentlessly.

  21. As Dai Gou has walked several meters away from the starting position, Peter goes to pick him up and then puts him down back at the starting position.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Begin again.

  23. Peter watches Dai Gou heading in the same direction.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My unkind act has reminded me of the Greek Myth of Sisyphus.

  25. Pausing.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Being condemned by gods, Sisyphus has to roll a rock up to a mountain top only to find it rolling back down every time when he is about to make it.

  27. Then, Dai Gou gets the attention of PASSERS-BY#4 & #5.

  28. PASSER-BY#4: Why is the turtle's shell so flat?

  29. PETER: Uh...he needs more sunbathing.

  30. PASSER-BY#5: All turtles love sunshine... to keep warm.

  31. PETER: Yes. Yes.

  32. As Peter puts Dai Gou on a bench, some KIDS and their PARENTS stay to observe him. KID#1 gently touches his shell and KID#2 his head.

  33. PETER: The turtle trusts us, or he wouldn't stick his head out. He likes me to massage his shoulders.

  34. Inserting his fingers between Dai Gou's neck, Peter begins to massage the turtle's shoulders.

  35. KIDS & PARENTS: Oh! Yes!

  36. Peter then puts his finger in front of Dai Gou's mouth.

  37. PETER: He wouldn't bite me either.

  38. PETER (V.O): I miss late Nana's love bites.

  39. KID#3 follows Peter's example, and Dai Gou just smells the finger.

  40. KID#3: Yes!

  41. PARENT#1: How old is the turtle?

  42. PETER: He's 16 years old.

  43. PARENT#2 (To Kids): He's older than all of you! Call him "big brother"!

  44. Peter smiles.

  45. KID#3 (To Peter): Has he got a partner?

  46. PETER: Yes...but not anymore...

  47. Peter directs Dai Gou to claw on the hands of kids. And the kids love that.

  48. PETER (V.O.): How can I tell them Nana died because she couldn't lay a big egg? It's still festive mood.

  49. After sighing silently, Peter sees his wife and Kaji returning.

  50. PETER: We've to leave now. Bye bye everyone.

  51. As Peter puts Dai Gou inside the cart, we hear many goodbyes.

  52. Act 3


  54. Pushing the cart, Peter sees Dai Gou attempting to climb out.

  55. PETER (V.O.): Dai Gou has the strength, the patience and the passion to go where he wants.

  56. Reflecting.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A turtle isn't a strong and fast animal, but that doesn't stop it from being awesome.

  58. Together with his wife and Kaji, Peter sees the beautiful sunset.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Life's better with a big brother.

  60. THE END

  61. FADE OUT

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