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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Life After Death

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. ROADS, TSUEN WAN - KOWLOON - 11:00


  4. A Toyota Previa. PETER is at the driver seat. His WIFE sits next to him. MOM (92) and SISTER#1 sit in the middle row, and SISTERS# 2 & 3 in the last row.


  5. PETER: All set. Let's go!


  6. Starting the engine, Peter pulls off.


  7. PETER (to his wife): Instead of making a U-turn and taking a familiar route, I'll make a change and try the unfamiliar one ahead. Be my navigator.


  8. Peter's wife begins to focus on her smart phone's GPS.


  9. WIFE: In about 100 meters, make a right turn...


  10. Later, we see the closed Yau Ma Tei mutli-storey car park building ahead.


  11. PETER: Being demolished, only one floor is left now.


  12. PETER (V.O.): I used to park my car here when Nathan Road was the high street.


  13. Act 2


  14. INT. COLUMBARIUM, CHAI WAN - 12:00


  15. The party lay out food and drinks before a mausoleum plaque.


  16. PETER (V.O.): She's my second mother-in-law. She died in 2021. Here's her permanent resting place.


  17. Staring at the plaque, Sisters#2 & 3 chat about Mom.


  18. SISTER#2: Mom dreamt of her elder sister twice.


  19. SISTER#3: Don't know why Mom can remember her dreams.


  20. PETER (V.O.): Personality traits make the difference. Those who're prone to creative thinking and introspection can recall dreams easily.


  21. Peter looks at Sisters#2&3, whose profiles are similar to his wife.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're my wife's siblings. Mom gave births to them.


  23. Peter looks at Mom and the picture on the plaque.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Mom's elder sister was my second mother-in-law who was the adoptive mother of Sister#1 and my wife.


  25. We can see that the profiles of Sister#1 and Peter's wife are dissimilar.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My first mother-in-law passed away in her sleep many years ago. Unlike my first wife, she suffered no pain.


  27. Recalling.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My mother believes that my late wife has resurrected as a butterfly.


  29. Then, all see a grasshopper hanging around.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My second mother-in-law comes back to life in the form of a grasshopper?


  31. Moving here and there, the grasshopper gets the full attention of all. Mom even lowers her body, using her hands to protect it.


  32. SISTERS: Mom, leave it alone!


  33. Reluctantly, Mom obeys.


  34. PETER (V.O.): Mom must believe in life after death.


  35. Thinking.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A grasshopper has impressive leaping capacity. Why can't Mom leap for faith?


  37. Thinking.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But the average lifespan of a grasshopper is about 12 months...


  39. Recalling.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When my first wife died in Summer 1992, I thought about studying the Philosophy of Death.


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Death is what motivates beings to appreciate loved ones and to achieve their life goals.


  43. Pausing.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And some life goals of humans may include the preparation for possible afterlife.


  45. Recalling.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Egyptian pyramids were meant to assure life after death.

  47. INT. RESTAURANT, NAN LIAN GAREN - 14:45


  48. When the party is about to finish a vegetarian meal, a STAFF presents the bill.


  49. MOM: Could I pay?


  50. Peter grabs the bill swiftly.


  51. PETER (V.O.): She still has the assertive personality.


  52. Act 3


  53. EXT. ROADS, TSUEN WAN - KOWLOON - 16:15


  54. Assisted by Sister#3 and Peter's wife, Mom alights the car.


  55. PETER (V.O.): Yearning for life after death manifests the fear of death, not the pain, but the prospect.


  56. Thinking.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd) : When one believes in life after death, one has understood the meaning of this life before one dies.


  58. Peter and his wife bid goodbye to Mom and Sister#3.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What a day for all to remember!


  60. Starting the engine, Peter pulls off and drives along the same roads the second time.


  61. THE END


  62. FADE OUT





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