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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

My DNAs

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT - CHA CHAAN TENG - DAY


  4. Finishing their meals, PETER and his SON chat.


  5. PETER: I'm thinking of paying tribute to our ancestors coming Sunday.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (Cont'd): We've missed the Ching Ming one due to the pandemic outbreak.


  8. SON: What's the name of the mountain where our ancestors were buried at its base.


  9. PETER: Oh, it's called Tai Tau Shan or Big Head Mountain.


  10. Recalling.


  11. PETER(Cont'd): When it was young, I read in a travel guide that it's nickname was Nipple Mountain.


  12. Son nods.


  13. SON: As you read about it in a guide, it should be a landscape worth visiting.


  14. Recalling.


  15. Act 2


  16. INT - CHA CHAAN TENG - CONTINUOUS


  17. MONTAGE OF PETER VISITING THE NIPPLE MOUNTAIN BASE (1963)


  18. A. Peter (9) is leading his family MEMBERS. Walking past a watchman shed, they see Chinese cholegraphy on a table, but no one is there.


  19. B. Seeing a delightful clear stream, Peter gets near cheerfully to feel the water with his legs and hands.


  20. END MONTAGE


  21. PETER: In the 1960s, visiting its base was like going to a picnic.


  22. Smiling.


  23. PETER (Cont'd): I thought of finding a hermit Kungfu master there so that I might pick up some invincible martial arts from him.

  24. .

  25. Recalling.


  26. PETER (Cont'd): Chinese Kungfu fiction and black-and-white movies were popular then.


  27. Pausing.


  28. PETER (Cont'd): Other than that, I didn't think of visiting the Nipple Mountain's slope, ridge or peak.


  29. Recalling.


  30. PETER (Cont'd): But in the 1970s, I heard that a heinous act was done there by a young person. He and his famiy lived not far away from our village home.


  31. Son listens attentively.


  32. PETER (Cont'd): His peers related that he had boasted before them that he had killed a girl and buried the body somewhere in the Nipple Mountain.


  33. SON: And so?


  34. PETER (Cont'd): From what I overheard and observed in the village, the Police got intelligence and the juvenile delinquents tried to evade arrests.


  35. SON: What happened next?


  36. PETER: Then, he disappeared.


  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (Cont'd): Earlier, grandpa and grandma saw him climbing into our garden to steal my kites. Then, the villagers knew that I had beautiful kites for sale.


  39. Pausing.


  40. PETER (Cont'd): Heeding their worries of repeats, I stopped ordering beautiful kites from Kowloon and ended my sideline business.


  41. SON: How about the young person's family?


  42. PETER: They became more private than ever. Soon, they moved out of the village.


  43. SON: What was that young person's demise?


  44. PETER: As a juvenile delinquent, even if he was convicted of manslaughter, he would only be detained in a certain place under certain conditions.


  45. Pausing.


  46. PETER (Cont'd): Crime is a social problem.


  47. Pausing.


  48. PETER (Cont'd): Our little village wasn't short of juvenile delinquents. I didn't know why I hadn't become one of them.


  49. Act 3


  50. INT. CHA CHAAN TENG - CONTINUOUS


  51. Peter looks enlightened.


  52. PETER (Cont'd): I think it has to do with my DNAs.


  53. Pausing.


  54. PETER(Cont'd): You know late grandpa had, and grandma has, low level of impulsivity.


  55. Son nods.


  56. PETER (Cont'd): The same for my late grandpa and grandma too.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER(Cont'd): Looking backwards, I believe our traits have been encoded to be good.


  59. Pausing.


  60. PETER (Cont'd): We must take action to thank our ancestors.


  61. Peter has made up his mind.


  62. FADE OUT.


  63. THE END


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