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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Hallyu (Korean Wave)

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - 12:00

  4. PETER is sitting on a sofa watching TV and DAUGHTER#1 in a massage chair.

  5. PETER (V.O.): It's a good ending.

  6. On the TV screen, we see end credits and at the top right hand corner "Season 4, Episode 20".

  7. PETER: Is that all?

  8. DAUGHTER: Yes, on Netflix. You've watched dozens of episodes on Saturdays and Sundays.

  9. PETER: You watch your favourite series then.

  10. As soon as Peter passes the remote control, we see Japanese manga being shown on the TV screen.

  11. PETER (V.O.): Originally, I joined her to watch "The Good Doctor". It turned out that I've got hooked to the screenplays.

  12. Peter sees an incoming mail on his smart phone.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh yes, professional stuff to read and think about.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. STUDY - 13:00

  16. Peter is reading some small prints on his phone screen.

  17. PETER (V.O.): These Hong Kong cases document the Courts' interpretations of some provisions of Hong Kong's Copyright regime.

  18. Recalling.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Between 1988 and 1997, I worked on the Reform of the Law relating on Copyright.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The mission was accomplished on June 27, 1997 - just in time to avoid a possible legal laguna.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anticipating the law as it-should-be is different from applying the law as it-is.

  24. Peter takes off his spectacles.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I enjoy formulating legal policy than doing justice between parties.

  26. Peter is massaging his tired eyes.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've had enough of that on a Saturday afternoon.

  28. Thinking of something. Peter surfs the web and reads the results.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): "The Good Doctor" is a US TV series based on a 2013 South Korean series of the same name.

  30. Recalling.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In Autumn 2013, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) sent a delegation to visit my office.

  32. Recalling.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While they're focusing on traditional cooperation on registration stuff, I marketed International IP Trading to them.

  34. Recalling.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I made a business trip to KIPO in Spring 2014, they marketed Hallyu (Korean Wave) to me.

  36. Pausing.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I found that the Korean creative industry was very well structured and there was a lot Hong Kong, China, has to catch up.

  38. Recalling.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In Sept 2014, my wife was on a duty visit to Seoul. As a retiree, I could afford to keep her company.

  40. Mining his Google Photos App on screen, Peter selects an image, depicting people walking near an urban stream.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The location was Seoul. It reminds me of Hallyu.

  42. Recalling.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In Jan 2015, my two sons and I joined a skiing package tour to South Korea. And that was the last time I visited South Korea.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I didn't anticipate my elder daughter would establish a Korean relationship while studying in Japan.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As she's going to South Korea, my wishful thinking is visit her and those who are dear and close to her as soon as circumstances permit.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I also want to pay a tribute to a late Korean friend whom my family managed to meet just on screen shortly before he passed away.

  50. Act 3

  51. INT. SITTING ROOM - 22:00

  52. As his WIFE and SON#1 are skyping via a laptop, Peter is focusing on his phone screen.

  53. PETER (V.O.): I must fix my professional appointment coming Monday.

  54. Having done that Peter talks to DAUGHTER#2 and SON#2 appearing on the laptop screen.

  55. PETER: When shall I visit South Korea?

  56. DAUGHTER#2 (from screen): I think we'll be able to receive you around Xmas this year.

  57. PETER: I've finished watching 76 episodes of the US version of "The Good Doctor"; and I've just begun watching the Japanese version of it!

  58. On the laptop screen, we see son#2 gesturing thumbs-up and we hear laughter from daughter#2.

  59. THE END

  60. FADE OUT

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