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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Crossroads of Life

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 9:00

  4. Dressed in a 3-piece suit, PETER is checking something on his mobile.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I'll be seeing my client who doesn't want to return to his home country.

  6. Recalling.

  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): When I studied my first LLM by myself in 1986, a special subject I chose was International Protection of Human Rights.

  8. Recalling.

  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Then, I just want to know how my human rights are protected internationally.

  10. Recalling.

  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Soon, I realized that my human rights weren't even fully protected in colonial Hong Kong.

  12. Smiling.

  13. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I was then an Assistant Crown Counsel in the Attorney General's Chambers; but I had the guts to raise the issue with a Law Officer.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. KOWLOON BAY - 10:15

  16. Walking along Wang Kwong Road, Peter's face exhibits signs of discomfort.

  17. PETER (V.O.): Oh, I've an urge to go to the toilet.

  18. Scanning the surroundings, Peter sees there's a park not far away from him.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the past six years, I've been in the vicinity from time to time but I've never walked in that direction.

  20. Peter quickens his steps towards the park.

  21. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Ah, I can see toilet-like structures in front of it.

  22. Arriving at Kai Lai Road, Peter is wide-eyed.

  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh, it's the cycling park that we used to come!

  24. EXT. KOWLOON BAY PARK - 10:20

  25. Coming out from the toilet and looking relaxed, Peter scans the Park from one side to another, focusing on the elevated cycling track.


  27. EXT. KOWLOON BAY PARK - NIGHT (Around 2009)

  28. Entrance. Peter (55), his WIFE, DAUGHTER#1 (12), SON (11) & DAUGHTER#2 (9) are downloading bicycles from their car.

  29. PETER (V.O.): In a controlled environment, my children can practise their skills better.

  30. The children can't wait to ride their bicycles on the track. Peter instructs.

  31. PETER: When you all enter the elevated track, peddle harder and change to lower gears.

  32. Laughter. Daughter#1 is leading son and daughter#2.

  33. PETER (Cont'd): When you all come down from the slope, apply the hand brakes gradually.

  34. Peter and his wife watch every move of their children with a mixture of cheerfulness and unease.


  36. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Time flies. Our elder daughter is now in Seoul, mastering her Korean in SNU.

  37. Pausing.

  38. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): We'll meet in Feb this year. We'll also visit Busan.

  39. Peter checks the flight status of a CX flight with his mobile.

  40. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Our son departed home last night and his flight landed in Sydney an hour ago. He's now a doctor and we're sure he'll do well.

  41. Pausing.

  42. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): We'll see him in May this year in Sydney at his graduation ceremony.

  43. Pausing.

  44. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): As to our younger daughter, she'll further her Art studies in Niigata in Japan from April this year.

  45. Pausing.

  46. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): To help her settle down there, we'll go to Niigata in April together.

  47. Taking a deep breath.

  48. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I feel a mixture of nostalgia and anticipation for the future.

  49. Checking the time on his mobile.

  50. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Time to get back to work.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. STUDY - 22:30

  53. Working on a laptop, Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "Crossroads of Life" into a draft.

  54. PETER (V.O.): Everyone faces crossroads in one's own life, like personal growth, career development or self-discovery.

  55. Thinking.

  56. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): As circumstances can be unpredictable, I found that at the most important crossroads in my life, there were no signs.

  57. Reflecting.

  58. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): In deciding which way to go, my value has been to select the one that can liberate my capacity to achieve something good to all.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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