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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Chloe & Ah Po

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 9:00

  4. A file by his side, PETER is watching images on his laptop screen.

  5. PETER (V.O.): When I first began prosecuting in the 1980s, there wasn't any audio-visual evidence.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If a picture is worth 1000 words, then a video clip 100,000 words, and then a photographer 1,000,000 words.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've a better idea as to how I should conduct my case now.

  10. Putting the file aside, Peter picks up thick bundles of papers to read.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Litigants are captivated by trifles. They want them to be argued. And I need case authorities to support the contention.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not thinking big, trifles can make up the misery of one's life.

  14. Act 2


  16. Reception. Peter enters and sees RECEPTIONIST#1 & #2.

  17. PETER: Hi!

  18. RECEPTIONIST#1 and #2: Hi!

  19. PETER (V.O.): The receptionist whom I've introduced myself to her earlier doesn't call me Peter anymore.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This is understandable as I don't reciprocate. She may not know why.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My memory doesn't serve me right. And I find it embarrassing to ask her again.

  24. Peter enters a conference room.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): On Tuesday this week, we asked the other receptionist to take a picture for us.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was a good shot. The images of everybody were there, except the no-name photographer.

  28. Peter puts an iPad Mini on the desk.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've used it to shoot lots of video clips.

  30. Conferencing.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This week, I've done voluntary work for three days.

  32. Pausing.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Earlier today, I was asked if I could attend another meeting on December 3.

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I've two prior engagements already. One is BIP Asia 2021 and the other is another HKUST function!

  36. Pausing.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): BIP Asia is my old baby. This year, it would refocus on Hong Kong, China as an IP Trading Hub.

  38. Peter makes an intervention.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If there's no scientific and technological development, there's no IP to trade.

  40. The meeting ends. Peter walks past the reception. Only receptionist#2 is there.

  41. PETER: Bye!

  42. Then, Peter returns to the reception.

  43. PETER: I'm Peter. How should I call you?

  44. RECEPTIONIST#2: Chloe!

  45. Peter points at the empty seat.

  46. RECEPTONIST#2: Ah Po!

  47. Recalling.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ah! That reminds me of our cheerful introductions. Ah Po is also the nickname of my elder son!

  49. Smiling.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How can I forget that! It isn't a trifle.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. COURT LIBARY - 17:00

  53. Peter places thick books on a desk.

  54. PETER (V.O.): These're the books the my son, Ah Po, recommended me to read.

  55. INT. STUDY - 22:30

  56. Peter works on his laptop.

  57. PETER (V.O.): Learning from my memory loss, I need to start writing down names "Chloe and Ah Po" - like case authorities.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Friendship and memories, like photos or video clips, aren't trifles to lose.

  60. FADE OUT

  61. THE END

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