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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

In Equity

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Coming out from a Cha Chaan Teng, PETER walks towards a bus stop.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I'm doing some paper chase today. Let me first go to HKU Law Library and then to the High Court Library.

  6. Peter sees a Route#23 bus approaching.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When was the last time I took a bus to HKU? It's so easy to get to HKU by MTR now.

  8. Peter hops on the bus. After passing through Admiralty, the bus goes up to the Mid-Levels.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For decades, the roads remain the same.

  10. Recalling.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): From 1977-1980, I used to drive to HKU to attend Housing Management lectures.

  12. The bus is travelling along Bonham Road.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I actually lived in an old tenement near here...

  14. Act 2


  16. A. Peter (23) parks his car at an alleyway of an old tenement.

  17. B. On a floor, Peter rests inside one of the cardboard-partitioned cubicles.

  18. C. Peter and 4 ROOMMATES are having a meeting.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We meet at times to deal with issues of common concern. They're HKU undergraduates. I was the only one working full-time.

  21. Pausing.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They envied my earning capacity. I envied their HKU undergraduate status. They deserved it as they studied all the time.

  23. Pausing.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It also dawned on me why I wasn't one of them. Then, I began to follow their examples.

  25. The bus stops at the East Gate of HKU.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): From 1981-1985, I was reading law full-time as a HKU undergraduate.

  27. Recalling.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was living in NT. To save costs and time, I would park my car at Kowloon Tong. It was pretty quiet then.

  29. Pausing.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Later, I found car parts stolen, and a panel dented. Thereafter, I parked at a pay car park at Shek Kei Mei.

  31. Pausing.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): During exam times, I'd drive direct to HKU. I parked at metered car parks at Lyttelton Road.

  33. Recalling.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The experience was very stressful. Anyhow, I didn't fail in any exams during my 4-year law studies.

  35. Arriving at the West Gate of HKU, Peter gets off.


  37. Elegant ambience. Amidst the bookshelves, Peter is checking book titles.

  38. PETER (V.O.): There're now so many publications on Hong Kong Law. The White Book and the Archbold are getting thicker.

  39. Pausing.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): During my time, there're next to nil such publications. Except those practitioners' texts like Revenue Law.

  41. Peter sees volumes of Stamp Duty and Estate Duty.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The principal author of the texts, Professor Peter Willoughby, was my thesis supervisor in the final year of my LLB studies.

  43. Pausing.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He was very kind. He gave me the highest grade I had ever scored in my law papers. I'm forever grateful to him for that.

  45. Sighing.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 2005, estate duty in Hong Kong was abolished. And now I can only see his name on texts originally written by him.

  47. Taking a deep breath, Peter continues his chase.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Why couldn't I find any Hong Kong law books on Equity?

  49. Peter re-checks the titles again.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, I've found them, just two remaining copies. It's still not an easy subject for students and practitioners.

  51. Carrying some books, Peter goes to the loan desk.

  52. Act 3


  54. Solemnly quiet. Only Peter is reading books at a table. A LADY then enters, looking for something. And then a STAFF enters, trying to help. The Staff then approaches Peter.

  55. STAFF: Can I have a look of the cover of the book you're reading?

  56. Peter shows the Staff and also the Lady the book's cover.

  57. STAFF: Yes! That's the one.

  58. The lady nods.

  59. PETER: You want to read it now?

  60. .Without responding to Peter's question, the lady leaves.

  61. PETER (V.O.): I can't be helpful then. In equity, when two parties have the same right to possess something, the one who first acquires an interest will prevail.

  62. FADE OUT.

  63. THE END

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