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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Is Luck Truly Uncontrollable?

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. HKU LAW FACULTY OFFICE - AFTERNOON


  4. Having spoken with STAFF#1 at the reception, PETER takes a seat, waiting.


  5. PETER (V.O.): My wife asked me to collect a book she has ordered for her.


  6. Peter looks around.


  7. FLASHBACK


  8. INT. HKU LAW SCHOOL OFFICE - AFTERNOON (1981)


  9. A happy Peter (27) talks to STAFF#2 and gets from her some papers.


  10. PETER (V.O.): I'm not dreaming. I'm completing my admission formalities. I'm a lucky man!


  11. RETURN TO PRESENT


  12. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The opportunity was too good to be true. I matriculated eight years ago.


  13. Act 2


  14. INT. HKU LAW FACULTY OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

  15. Peter checks his Quora notifications.


  16. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, someone has upvoted one of my answers.


  17. Checking.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yesterday, I responded to an interesting answer request: Is luck truly uncontrollable?


  19. Checking data.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, over 20K views in a day? Am I lucky?


  21. Smiling.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I tried to raise the level of explanation concerning the concept of luck.


  23. Pausing.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): From the fact-based objective perspective, luck is something brought about by chance rather than by one's effort.


  25. Pausing.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): From the feeling-based subjective perspective, luck means the objective opportunity is realised as a result of one's preparation.


  27. Pausing.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I inserted a feature photo, capturing a what-I-believe controllable lucky moment.


  29. Recalling.


  30. TPETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Two days ago, I went swimming at Shek O. Having swum and had Thai noodles in a restaurant there, I returned to the beach to watch the world go by.


  31. Recalling.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I observed two beach-goers capturing their moments happily. One could tell by their gestures.


  33. Recalling.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I captured the moment and felt I was lucky.


  35. Pausing.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was the right person (photographer) in the right place at the right time.


  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Such interface makes luck somewhat controllable.


  39. FLASHBACK


  40. EXT. GOLDEN COAST BEACH - DAY (YESTERDAY)


  41. Coming out from the changing room, Peter hears an announcement: Due to high E.coli count, we've already raised the red flag. Stay away from the water...


  42. PETER (V.O.) : If I arrived a bit earlier, I might have already been swimming in the polluted water.


  43. Observing the swimming area, Peter sees a few souls are still swimming.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Am I lucky or unlucky?


  45. Pausing.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is luck truly uncontrollable or controllable?


  47. Act 3


  48. INT. HKU LAW FACULTY OFFICE - CONTINUOUS


  49. As STAFF#3 appears, a book is passed to Peter.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a thin book.


  51. Peter reads its two-part first title and its subtitle.


  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): "The Story of a Lucky Man".


  53. Pausing.


  54. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Such a descriptive subtitle should hook potential buyers.


  55. Reflecting.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm a man who tries to make luck on my side. I prepare myself so that I won't miss any opportunity.


  57. Looking around.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I knew just too well how one opportunity can change one's life dramatically.


  59. Peter takes another look of the logo of HKU before leaving.


  60. .FADE OUT.


  61. THE END


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