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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Like Seasons

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 09:30

  4. Working on his computer, PETER hears loud drilling sounds.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I've got to go again. Fortunately, I've already done some work.

  6. Peter looks out of the window.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it's raining.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The gloomy weather describes my mood right now.

  10. Recalling.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm actually fine with the rain. I only worry about lightning strikes.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My matriculation classmates Chan King-chau (陳景秋) and Wu Shu-fun (胡樹勳) were struck dead at Lantau Peak in 1974.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. ROADS - 12:00-13:00

  16. Driving, Peter listens to the radio. We hear:...Happiness is spending time with your loved ones and feel loved...

  17. PETER (V.O.): Happiness is a pursuit, a choice we make. It's in us.

  18. EXT. GOLDEN BEACH - 13:00

  19. Raining. Car park. Waiting inside his car, Peter sees other PASSERS-BY carrying umbrellas.

  20. PETER (V.O.): I come here to swim.

  21. Later, the rain stops. Peter goes to the beach. He sees dark clouds covering a greater part of the sky.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can see a few souls swimming, and lifeguards are on duty.

  23. Peter then swims to the outer limits of the swimming area. There's a broadcast from the shore.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can't hear the announcement.

  25. Peter continues to swim, checking the dark clouds in the sky.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They aren't passing away. Let me swim back to the shore.

  27. Changing room. As Peter comes out, we hear sounds of thunder. Then, we hear a broadcast advising swimmers to return to shore immediately.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Did I assume the risk unknowingly? Or have I just been timely lucky?



  31. Pouring rain. Peter climbs up paths between rice terraces alone. He sees paddy FARMERS planting small bunches of rice seedlings diligently.

  32. PETER (V.O.): They aren't soft people.

  33. Peter is busy in capturing the moments with his handheld devices.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The rain makes the scene greener. I smell life too.

  35. Later, rain dissipated. At a cottage restaurant, a TOUR GUIDE is welcoming Peter.

  36. TOUR GUIDE: You're the last to return.

  37. PETER (Smiling): I've been in a relationship with the rain.

  38. TOUR GUIDE: 一山有四季.十里不同天 (A mountain has 4 seasons; the weather differs in 10 miles).


  40. Peter takes a look of the Lantau Peak.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Just days before they parted us by accident, I met up with King-chau and Shu-fun.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They meant to watch sunrise from the Lantau Peak.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I knew their dreams.

  46. Sighing, Peter gets inside his car.

  47. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - 15:00

  48. Study, 1/F. Peter is decluttering.

  49. PETER (V.O.): I struggle with myself to hold on; I struggle with myself to let go.

  50. Pausing.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Change is never easy. But little by little, I'm changing like seasons.

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. STUDY - 22:30

  54. Peter is in thoughts.

  55. PETER (V.O.): The weather changes naturally. People have to change willingly.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Growing older and wiser, I'm really privileged.

  58. Thinking.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've learned to make the most of what that comes and the least of what that goes.

  60. Pausing.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The events that I can't change end up changing me.

  62. We hear background oldies.

  63. FADE OUT.

  64. THE END

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