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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

"Flying Bird"

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 11:30

  4. Following an online workshop on iPad, PETER checks FB and sees something good.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Great! My friend is now with Alfa Romeo, Hong Kong.

  6. Recalling.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I watched a documentary about how Alfa Romeos are manufactured these days.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): From 1976 - 1980, I had a Ford Capri. I loved its sexy look.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I envied colleagues driving powerful Alfa Romeos.

  12. Thinking.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Would I buy an Alfa Romeo?

  14. Act 2


  16. EXT. CASTLE PEAK ROAD - 12:30 (Day before yesterday)

  17. With windows all open, Peter stops his red S13 in the slow lane before a red traffic light.

  18. PETER (V.O.): I'm about to arrive Golden Beach.

  19. SOMEONE: Is your car the "flying bird"?

  20. Tracing the sound source, Peter sees DRIVER#1 in a silver car in the fast lane speaking to him.

  21. PETER: Yes! 33 years old! Bought first hand.

  22. Peter looks very proud.

  23. DRIVER#1: Is it so fast that even brakes can't stop it?

  24. PETER: No, driving too fast, any car can be out of control!

  25. They signal goodbye to each other as the traffic light turns green.

  26. PETER (V.O.): This is the first time I've such a conversation on the road.


  28. Having parked his S13, Peter takes a photo of it.

  29. PETER (V.O.): I'm still loving it.

  30. Walking towards the beach, Peter turns his head to look at his S13 again. We see SOMEONE studying Peter's coupe.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My S13 is still eye-catching.


  33. EXT. PARKING BAY - DAY (March, 2023)

  34. As Peter is tuning the car radio inside his stationary S13, we see his coupe moving a little.

  35. PETER (V.O.): A parking car has bumped into mine.

  36. Getting out to check his S13, Peter also speaks to DRIVER#2.

  37. PETER: Your car has hit my car. You drove carelessly.

  38. DRIVER#2: Is that so? I didn't hear any warning sounds from my car...

  39. PETER (V.O.): He's making all the excuses.

  40. DRIVER#2: I'll check my car's warning system. I can compensate you for any damage caused to your car.

  41. PETER (V.O.): The problem is that, there aren't spare parts.

  42. PETER: My car is quite unique.

  43. DRIVER#2: I know. It was my dream car...

  44. PETER (V.O.): As he appreciates S13, I'll just take a token compensation to forbear the little dent he caused to the bumper.


  46. INT. RESTAURANT, HKUST (GZ) - 18:30 (Yesterday)

  47. Having dinner, Peter's COLLEAGUES are chatting about electric car brands.

  48. PETER: I like Xpeng. It's X2 "flying car" has become the first manned electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) officially licensed to fly in mainland China.

  49. All are pondering.

  50. PETER (V.O.): What would the skies be like in due course?


  52. Act 3


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I loved Capri so much that I'd go to visit the Isle of Capri.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I loved Shakespeare's play "Romeo & Juliet". I once imagined myself as Romeo...and love gave me wings!

  57. Thinking.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Do I like to have an eVTOL ? If it's safe and reliable for navigating the GBA skies, why not?

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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