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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Feel Nostalgic

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Watching a TV interview, PETER's eyes suddenly become wide open.

  5. PETER (V.O.): The interviewee suggests that humans, due to fear of death during the pandemic, would take time travel to the past.

  6. Peter puts his hand on cheek.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd) : He adds that's humans' mental defence mechanism to cope with change.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I often feel nostalgic. Have I got a mental condition?

  10. Reflecting.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I don't I feel it at all!

  12. Pondering.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I must be alert to the truism that I don't know what I don't know.

  14. Wondering.

  15. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I must investigate. I need to understand my mental state more.

  16. Act 2



  19. Peter drives a new Beetle to the entrance. Inside the car, we hear time check and then some energetic music before the news.

  20. PETER (V.O.): It was the captivating theme music in the film 633 Squadron. The wing commander was leading his squadron to accomplish a bombing mission.

  21. Pausing.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That was around 1964. I was 10. The cinema was the most entertaining place.

  23. Pausing.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And life was hard but pretty happy too.



  27. Early morning. Peter (10) in primary school uniform passes a 10-cent coin to a HAWKER (20s) at a cooking broth.

  28. PETER: A bowl of plain noodles.

  29. The hawker then dumps some yellow-coloured noodles into a pot of hot water, stirring them with a pair of long chopsticks.

  30. PETER (CONT'D): Could you please add me some beef sauce to my bowl of plain noodles?

  31. HAWKER: No problem!

  32. The hawker does what he is asked. Getting his bowl of noodles, Peter finds a seat and begins to enjoy it.

  33. PETER: Very delicious!


  35. Having parked his car, Peter takes a photo of it.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There was another Hollywood blockbuster The Love Bug, featuring the Beetle. I bought this car as my delayed nostalgic response to the film that I loved.


  38. Peter looks up at the ceiling.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So the theme music, the noodles breakfast and the films all come back to me warm and strong.

  40. Peter taps a few times on the screen of his iPad Mini. We hear the theme music of 633 Squadron and then we see the trailer of The Love Bug.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As to the taste of the bowl of plain noodles, I still recall the beef sauce added created a very delicious flavour.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But how can it beat a bowl of sirloin noodles now?

  44. Reflecting.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Am I fooling myself by insisting that the one I had in the 1960s was better than any perfect substitutes now?

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Was life when I was young bitter or sweet?

  48. Act 3


  50. Peter surfs the web again and studies some small prints.

  51. PETER (V.O.): Nostalgia derives from the Latin words of Nostos (homecoming) and Algos (longing). It was initially diagnosed as a neurological disease. And then in the beginning of the 20th C as a mental condition like depression.

  52. Looking shocked, Peter reads on.

  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Decades later, the condition was better understood and was expanded to include homesickness and general longing for the past.

  54. Peter nods.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And then nostalgia is seen scientifically as a poignant and pleasant experience. Yes, having heard the 633 Squadron theme music, I associate it with other good experience. I wasn't in the negative mood.

  56. Peter reads on.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): By sharing one's nostalgia would even enhance one's social belonging and psychological growth. Ah! That's why I feel bitter sweet when blending the past and the present into the future.

  58. Peter nods.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's also why people in adversity would naturally use nostalgia to reduce distress and restore well being. Oh, that's what the interviewee on TV was talking about.

  60. Peter takes a deep breath.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Do I fear of death?

  62. Reflecting.

  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A person who lives a fulfilling life is prepared to die at any time.

  64. Peter winks.

  65. FADE OUT.

  66. THE END

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