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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Nagaski Stories

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY


  4. PETER is checking his phone images.


  5. PETER (V.O.): It was in November 2018 when I visited Nagasaki. I had always wanted to visit it.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I love a cover version of a Japanese song about Cho-Cho-san. She is a geisha character in a short story of Madame Butterfly.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since my wife and I went to Hiroshima and visited the Atomic Bomb Museum there in January 2018, I wanted to learn more about the second atomic bombing days later.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So even though when there wasn't any direct flight from Hong Kong to Nagasaki then, I booked round-trip HK-Tokyo-Nagasaki air tickets.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As my wife couldn't come with me, I chose to go in November, hoping to see possible Autumn leaves there.


  14. Pausing.


  15. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My main place of interest was the Nagasaki atomic bomb hypocenter near the Nagasaki Peace Park.


  16. Act 2


  17. INT. SITTING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


  18. FLASHBACK


  19. EXT. NAGASAKI PEACE PARK - DAY


  20. Sunny. Arriving at its north end, Peter looks up at a 10-meter tall statue.


  21. PETER (V.O.): What's this?


  22. Peter reads a plaque.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This's the Peace Statue. The right hand points to the Atomic Bomb and its left hand points to peace. And the face prays deeply for the victims of war.


  24. Arriving at the hypocenter, Peter studies another plaque.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): At 11:02 am, August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb exploded 500 meters above this spot...Casualties: 73,884.


  26. Reading.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Around 2000 were Koreans working in the Mitsubishi Munitions plant.


  28. Seeing some Autumn leaves in a distance, Peter walks towards them happily.


  29. INT. NAGASAKI ATOMIC BOMB MUSEUM - DAY


  30. Peter is studying some exhibits.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki was nicknamed "Fat Man". It was more powerful than the "Little Boy" dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.


  32. Surfing the web with his phone.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The second atomic bombing was meant to demonstrate that US had a large arsenal of atomic weapons.


  34. Sighing.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've got fed up with these mass-destruction information. Let me just have a peaceful time in the Museum's cafe.


  36. Peter walks towards it.


  37. RETURN TO PRESENT


  38. Peter surfs the web.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): After two US atomic bombings, the Japanese military was still undetermined whether to surrender or not. The decision was then left to the Emperor.


  40. As Peter is watching a video clip, we hear: The Emperor wants to end the suffering and to bear the unbearable.


  41. Watching.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There was even a failed coup d'etat, attempting to stop Japan from surrendering.


  43. Peter surfs the web.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That was the Kyujo incident on the night of Aug 14-15, 1945, just before the announcement of Japan's surrender to the Allies.


  45. On Peter's phone screen, we see someone performing a Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He was General Anami, Minister of War. He thought US had only one atomic bomb. And he must obey the imperial command to surrender.


  47. Pausing.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He and those who led the coup thought it was a dishonour to surrender. But was it an honour to wage wars against others?


  49. Pausing.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He left a message that read: "I - with my death - humbly apologize to the Emperor for the great crime."


  51. Pausing.


  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If the coup d'etat had succeeded, more people would have died unnecessarily.


  53. Peter shakes his head sideways.


  54. Act 3


  55. INT. STUDY - CONTINUOUS


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I also managed to see the Hashima Island where the James Bond film "Skyfall" was partly set there.


  57. FLASHBACK


  58. EXT. CRUISE - DAY


  59. Camera in hand, Peter is among the crowd at the stern of a boat.


  60. PETER (V.O.): Ah! I can see the Battleship Island. From the 1930s, Korean civilians and Chinese prisoners of war were forced to work there under harsh conditions.


  61. Pausing.


  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I read earlier that 1442 Koreans and 722 Chinese died there by the end of the World War II.


  63. RETURN TO PRESENT.


  64. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was really a factory of blood, sweat and tears.


  65. Recalling.


  66. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): While in Nagasaki, I went up to Mount Inasa to enjoy one of the top 3 night view in Japan and had wagyu steak in the mountain restaurant.


  67. Recalling.


  68. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I also didn't miss going to Glover Garden at night to have a feel of the "Madame Butterfly House".


  69. Recalling.


  70. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was a pleasurable trip, although I went there alone.


  71. Pausing.


  72. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I must bring my wife and fly direct to Nagasaki the next time. We should share the Nagaski atomic stories together.


  73. THE END


  74. FADE OUT.



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