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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Flowing East

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. RESTAURANT - 14:00

  4. PETER and his WIFE are seated.

  5. PETER (V.O.): How nice it is to have lunch with my wife on a Tuesday.

  6. Having read the menu, they do their orders.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The last time we visited Taiwan was Spring 2019...

  8. Rice, noodles, snacks and drinks are being served.

  9. PETER: Wow, they look good.

  10. WIFE: They're pricey too.

  11. Peter samples the food and drinks.

  12. PETER: High quality, as expected.

  13. Act 2



  16. Together with other TOURISTS, Peter buys a cup of Bubble Milk Tea.

  17. PETER (V.O.): I am not keen on the tea. Since here is said to be its origin, I just act like a been-there-done-that tourist.

  18. Drinking.

  19. PETER (Cont'd): It tastes normal. I don't know what to expect actually.


  21. Peter and his wife are sharing some minced pork rice with soy sauce.

  22. PETER: It looks different from the one we had in Wulai hot spring district.

  23. WIFE: The flavours vary from place to place.


  25. Peter buys some chicken cutlets to take away.

  26. PETER (V.O.): They're as yummy as those my family had in the chain's main store in Shilin district.


  28. Peter then takes a closer look of a drink coaster.

  29. PETER (V.O.): 春水 (Spring Flood)...

  30. Peter tries to remember something.

  31. PETER: There's a famous poetic phrase on that...

  32. WIFE: It's 恰似一江春水向東流 (As much as the Spring flood flowing East).

  33. PETER: Oh yes, it's the closing image.

  34. PETER: What's the phrase before that?

  35. As they try to remember, Peter seeks assistance from his smartphone.

  36. PETER (Cont'd):It's 問君能有幾多愁? (How much sorrow can one has?)

  37. Pausing.

  38. PETER(Cont'd): Can you remember the name of the author?

  39. WIFE: He's Li Yu, the poet-King of Southern Tang - during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period.

  40. PETER: Oh, I don't know about that.

  41. Checking.

  42. PETER (Cont'd): Oh, Li Yu was the last King of Southern Tang. He surrendered to his Song conqueror.

  43. Peter recites the poet-King's other poetic phrases enthusiastically.

  44. PETER (Cont'd): Aren't they beautiful?

  45. WIFE: He was a scholar, but useless in arms.

  46. PETER: Oh, I recall there's an idiom on that too!

  47. Peter surfs the web again.

  48. PETER (Cont'd): Oh yes! It's 百無一用是書生 (Scholars are absolutely useless).

  49. Recalling.

  50. PETER (V.O.): Oh 書生 (Scholars) ! When I was young, I wanted to become one.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. RESTAURANT - 14:30

  53. Finishing his Red Bean Bubble Tea, Peter is in thoughts.

  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But the poet-King's ink lasts much longer than any martyrs' blood.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Li's literary works done over 1000 years ago are still being learned.

  57. Thinking.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He has left a great literary legacy - China's treasure actually.

  59. THE END.

  60. FADE OUT

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