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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Kaji: Being Earnest

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1


  4. KAJI sees the door opening.

  5. KAJI (V.O.): The Pack Leader and Peter are coming back.

  6. Pausing.

  7. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): They left home after midnight.

  8. Kaji goes to the door to greet them.

  9. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Hi there! Oh, a Gang Member too!

  10. Kaji jumps on the Gang MEMBER.

  11. MEMBER: Oh, you haven't been longing for me in earnest.

  12. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm not expecting you. But my welcome is sincere and intense.

  13. Kaji then sees baggage.

  14. Act 2


  16. Seeing the Pack Leader, Peter and the Gang Member taking seats at the dining table, Kaji looks alert.

  17. KAJI (V.O.): There's food on the table. I must join them.

  18. Kaji sees a vacant space on the Gang Member's piano chair.

  19. MEMBER: Can she jump up and land like a jet on an aircraft carrier?

  20. PETER: She can "jump-fly" like a martial artist now.

  21. Aiming at the spot, Kaji jumps-and-flies up to the chair and sits steadily.

  22. PETER: See!

  23. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's a word in earnest.

  24. The Gang Member then puts a bread bit in front of Kaji.

  25. PACK LEADER: Okay.

  26. Kaji doesn't react.

  27. PACK LEADER (Cont'd): Okay!

  28. Kaji stays put.

  29. PETER: Surprise! Why?

  30. PACK LEADER: I didn't give her the food.

  31. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've a high sense of duty and responsibility. I won't misbehave.

  32. MEMBER: OK!

  33. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's another word in earnest.

  34. Kaji grabs the bread bit with her tongue.


  36. From her toy box, Kaji selects a tennis ball with her mouth and passes it to Peter.

  37. KAJI (V.O.): Let's play.

  38. As Peter throws the ball at her, Kaji bumps it into the air. Peter echoes with the bumping sound.

  39. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Shooting the ball like that is fun!

  40. Smiling and waiting in earnest, they repeat the fetch game until Kaji shoots the ball into an entrapped corner.

  41. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Where's the ball hiding?

  42. Kaji investigates in earnest.

  43. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Would it come out by itself? I'll wait.

  44. Later, Kaji sees the Pack Leader leaving.

  45. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Without me and Peter?

  46. Pausing.

  47. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): I won't whine.

  48. Pausing.

  49. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd):I'll wait in earnest for your return.

  50. Daydreaming.

  51. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): When you return, I hope we'd do something good together.

  52. Act 3


  54. Resting on her sofa, Kaji observes Pack Leader and the Gang treating Peter.

  55. KAJI (V.O.): Today is special. We've had a little dinner party, featuring Peter.

  56. Pausing.

  57. JKAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Peter must have sowed something in earnest in the past and is now harvesting.

  58. '

  59. Reflecting.

  60. KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've now realized for the first time in my life the vital importance of being earnest.

  61. FADE OUT

  62. THE END

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