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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Hachiko


  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY


  4. PETER checks a black-and-white phone image.


  5. PETER (V.O.) : That's how Einstein's office looked like when he passed away. If there's chaos in order, mine is more orderly than his. The photo is out of copyright, should I share that to my family chat group for fun?


  6. Scrolling down the screen, Peter sees another black-and-white photo. Its sub-title is Hachiko Right Before His Burial. Peter taps on a search engine icon.


  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh, Hachiko was the Japanese Akita dog which had waited for his master's return every day at the Shibuya Station, not knowing his sudden death. I feel touched with the relationship, but not any special relativity in physics.


  8. Peter sighs.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I learned his brief story from my family members years ago during our long stay at Shibuya. I saw the bronze statute of Hachiko at where he waited. Let me learn more about his relationship with his master.


  10. Act 2


  11. INT. SITTING ROOM - CONTINOUS


  12. Peter reads small prints on his phone screen.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Hachiko was born on Nov 10, 1923, at Odate, Akita Perfecture. His master brought him to live in Shibuya in 1924. His master named him Hachiko because his legs were slightly crooked.


  14. Peter reads on.


  15. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And not long thereafter, Hachiko would see him off to work and welcome him back every day at the Shibuya Station.


  16. Pausing.


  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Dogs like to do that.


  18. Peter reads on.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Their routine continued until May 21, 1925, when his master suddenly died of cerebral hemorrhage during a lecture.


  20. Meditating.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Death, however one long expected, can be sudden...


  22. Pondering.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How can a dog understand that in the morning he sees his master off and in the afternoon that his master wouldn't return.


  24. Peter sighs.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I was Hachiko, having no clue the whereabout of the master, what can I do? I would wait at the same spot where the master used to come back and at the same time every day.


  26. Peter reads on.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What makes Hachiko different is that he didn't miss any such opportunity even though he wasn't that welcome at the Station before his faithful story was unfolded in newspapers in 1932.


  28. Calculating.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're together for about a year and a half at the most. But Hichiko's hopeful but forlorn wait for another 9 years until his death at the age of 11 was truly faithful to the end.


  30. Looking at Kaji.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We've been together for nearly 3 years now...


  32. Smiling.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There's a tag about his master.


  34. Peter taps on the tag to read the content.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The master was a university professor, one among the many. But the pet he chose to own left a legacy for him, for Shibuya and even for Odate.


  36. Peter reads on.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the ashes of Hichiko was buried beside his master in Aoyama Cemetery, Minato, Tokyo. They're later joined by their partner Yaeko Sakano - interpreted as the Reunion of Hachiko's Family.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And Hichiko's fur is on permanent display at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo.


  40. Thinking.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The next time I'm in Tokyo, I must visit these two spots.


  42. Peter reads on.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, there's even the Hichiko Bus terminating at the Hichiko Exit of Shibuya Station.


  44. Peter sees an image.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh my god! It's the soft-and-gentle-coloured small bus that I rode on in early Jan 2020!


  46. Recalling.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was coming out from the Yoyogi Park and saw the cute bus. I was determined to take it although I had no idea where it would lead me to. Then, I realized its terminus was Shibuya Station.


  48. Getting Excited.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I did take photos of it! Let me find them and pick one as my story insert.


  50. Peter begins to mine his phone photos.


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. MINI- STUDY - DAY


  53. Kaji waits at the door as Peter hits the computer keyboards.


  54. PETER (V.O.): Would you be faithful and loyal to me?


  55. Kaji escorts Peter to go to the dining room.


  56. INT. DINING ROOM - DAY


  57. Peter shares breakfast with Kaji, and soon there's nothing on the table.


  58. PETER: Finished. No more.


  59. Kaji leaves contentedly.


  60. INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY


  61. Relaxing on a sofa, Peter taps on his phone.


  62. PETER (V.O.): I'd share the links about Hachiko to my family members rather than anything about Einstein.


  63. Coming close to Peter, Kaji begins to lick his face passionately.


  64. PETER (V.O.): I think she loves me. She doesn't have to do that as I won't reward her with anything.


  65. Reflecting.


  66. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The master of Hichiko wouldn't know his pet was that loyal. Only his mistress Yaeko and those who outlive him would know.


  67. Reflecting.


  68. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, it's better to know now than never.


  69. FADE OUT.


  70. THE END



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