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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Make a Wish

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 23:00

  4. PETER opens a folder "69+" on his smartphone.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I opened this folder two days ago.

  6. We see on screen May 15, 2023...May 16, 2023...

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since I turned age 60, I've resumed writing diaries.

  8. Peter types: May 17, 2023...

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Today is the 3rd day of my personal new year.

  10. Peter inserts a photo featuring a Happy Birthday dessert.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Around this time of the year, my family, relatives and friends wish me happy.

  12. Act 2


  14. INT. HOTEL OKURA, MACAO - 08:00 (May 15, 2023)

  15. A room with a view. Peter wakes up. His WIFE is still sleeping.

  16. PETER (V.O.): I'm grateful that my wife would take this Monday off.

  17. Grabbing a smartphone, Peter checks Facebook notifications.

  18. PETER (V.O.): Just the words "happy birthday" make me happy.

  19. Peter types on the screen.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I thank each and every one of them.

  21. Grabbing another smartphone, Peter sees a WhatsApp message.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, a friend sent me happy birthday wishes yesterday.

  23. Pausing.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He's a young and bright entrepreneur. He's always ahead of others.

  25. Recalling.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): His practice reminds me of my days studying at Harvard.

  27. Recalling.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was still in Hong Kong, I was asked to do an assignment.

  29. Recalling.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There, the program orientation started on Sunday.

  31. Pausing.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I felt the excitement and difference when everything was just a little ahead.

  33. INT. SITTING ROOM - 21:00 (May 16, 2023)

  34. Peter checks WhatsApp messages.

  35. PETER (V.O.): Today is a music friend's "birthday". I sent her my "Happy Birthday" song and she said she loved it.

  36. Pausing.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The remark was encouraging; but I wrote the song many years ago.

  38. Later, Peter taps a voice message. We hear someone singing a Cantonese happy birthday song.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How nice to hear another music friend singing for me! He isn't late, due to time difference.

  40. INT. HONJOKKO - 13:30

  41. At the bar table, Peter chats with a LADY over a Japanese meal.

  42. PETER (V.O.): Last week, she initiated and fixed the lunch.

  43. Later, a STAFF presents a happy-birthday fruit dessert with a lit candle.

  44. LADY (Singing): Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday to you...

  45. PETER (V.O.): I'm overwhelmed!

  46. PETER: Thank you, thank you...

  47. LADY: Make a wish with all your heart.

  48. PETER: May I live to be a hundred?

  49. PETER (V.O.): Can I reach my goal?


  51. Act 3


  53. PETER (V.O.): For the past few days, my family, relatives and friends have made me happy.

  54. Pausing.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The experience of living every moment with love and gratitude is happiness.

  56. Reflecting.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To make my wish come true, I'll eat clean and be fit.

  58. Peter begins to write his diary.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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