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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Good News from Tokyo

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 09:00

  4. Waking up, PETER checks a digital clock.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I can sleep very well during quarantine.

  6. Peter looks out of the window and sees fine weather.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Last week, I checked the weather forecast and knew today would be fine.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I meant to visit an outlying island today. Now, I've to remind myself I can't go anywhere.

  10. From the radio, we hear: Japan has today lifted its restrictions on foreign tourists.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, I can visit Japan without a visa now.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But it's unlikely that my wife and I would go. And it's also uncertain if our elder daughter would return home.

  14. Act 2


  16. Having done their RATs, Peter's WIFE begins working on her laptop while Peter on his smart phone.

  17. PETER (V.O.): Let me learn something by answering requests on Quora.

  18. Peter reads one: What is the main objective of Max Weber management theory, and how does it differ to Henri Foyal's management theory?

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): OMG, I did decades of management without knowing these theories. It's time to catch up.

  20. Having done his research, Peter types his answer.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Max Weber pioneered bureaucracy, while Henri Foyal was the father of management. I didn't deviate from the norm or the practice.

  22. While disposing of requests swiftly, Peter stops at one.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This question on power is framed in a convoluted way. But it reminds me of Hohfeld's four elements...

  24. Researching.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Power v Liability; Privilege v Immunity... the Hohfeldian Incidents named after Westley Hohfeld (1879-1918)...

  26. Calculating.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, he died young, but left a jurisprudential legacy.


  29. PETER (V.O.): Let me see if I can cook up some spoken Cantonese lyrics.

  30. Peter jots down some words on his phone notes.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's really hard to write rhymed and meaningful ones.

  32. Peter edits and edits.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not perfect at all. Another dry run.

  34. Picking up a black and white electric bass guitar, Peter plays the bass lines of the oldie "Stand By Me".

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While playing them, I 'd learn to write simple but resonating riffs.

  36. Later, Peter picks up a flute to blow the theme melody of "Butterfly Lovers".



  39. Car park. Waiting inside a metalic blue Ford Capri, Peter (22) hears someone practising flute and blowing "Butterfly Lovers".

  40. PETER (V.O.): Music to my ears! I wish I could also be a music student here.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm having lots of hiccups - just a little bit better than yesterday.

  43. Resting and recalling.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Whenever I went to Tokyo before the pandemic, I liked to row in the lake in Ueno Park before flying home.

  45. Pausing.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Then, I didn't mind travelling alone. Now, I prefer to travel with my wife.

  47. Pausing.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Meanwhile, our elder daughter in Tokyo is still awaiting the result of her application to read Korean in Seoul National University (SNU).

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Workwise, she has already tendered her letter of resignation.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. BEDROOM - 23:00

  53. Smiling, Peter works on his laptop.

  54. PETER (V.O.): Earlier, we've good news from Tokyo that SNU has asked our elder daughter to pay the tuition fees.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My children have passion and purpose. Struggling hard and smart, they've progress.

  57. Reflecting.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Personal growth is focused on progress, not perfection. A little progress each day adds up to big results.

  59. The bedside digital clock displays "23:45".

  60. THE END

  61. .

  62. FADE OUT

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