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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

New Year's Coming

Updated: Jan 21, 2023

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - DAY


  4. Smart phone in hand, PETER is checking emails. We see many Chinese New Year greetings.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Today is the 29th day of the last lunar month of the Year of the Tiger.


  6. Copying a link of a MV entitled "New Year's Coming" from his YouTube channel, Peter attaches it to his replies.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's my creative way to reciprocate all good wishes.


  8. Peter watches the video clip.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For those who haven't heard this Cantonese song of mine before, it's new.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know this happy song appeals to kids particularly.


  12. Repeating.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As to the visuals, some are moments I captured in my Seoul trip.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. INT. RESTAURANT, SEOUL - DAY (JAN 15, 2023)


  17. Peter, his WIFE, their elder DAUGHTER and her BOYFRIEND are discussing something over lunch.


  18. PETER: Oh, the place I passed by the last time I was in Seoul is called "Cheonggyecheon"?


  19. DAUGHTER: It was a massive urban renewal project.


  20. PETER (V.O.): Oh yes, her degree is in Town Planning.


  21. Surfing the web with her smart phone, Peter's wife discovers something.


  22. WIFE: The Seoul Lantern Festival at the Gwanghwamun Square, a section of Cheonggyecheon, is still on...


  23. Reading.


  24. WIFE (Cont'd): It meant to end on Dec 31, 2022, but has been extended to Jan 24, 2023 ie the 3rd day of the Agricultural Calendar Year.


  25. PETER: That's great! We must go and see it together!


  26. EXT. GWANGHWAMUN SQUARE, SEOUL - NIGHT


  27. When the party arrive, they're amazed to see the light fixtures.


  28. PETER (V.O.): Traditional Korean expressions aside, there're modern ones.


  29. Peter and his wife become busy in capturing the moments with their smart phones.


  30. END FLASHBACK


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): After the sightseeing, we had a barbecue meal. We're very impressed with the service provided.


  32. Recalling.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Over dinner, we learned from our daughter's boyfriend that Koreans would pay tribute to ancestors in the new Agricultural calendar year.


  34. Recalling.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Our daughter will be joining her boyfriend's family in Busan from tonight.


  36. Putting aside his smart phone, Peter grabs a guitar to play.


  37. PETER (V.O.): On Dec 29, 2022, I wrote a song called "HKUST". I shared it with a few colleagues, and wished them Happy New Year's Eve.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was under the impression that Dec 30 was the last day of the year. I didn't know what's going on in my head.


  40. Pausing.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yesterday, when I researched on the Chinese Agricultural Calendar, I realized that it embraced the movement of the Moon as well as that of the Sun.


  42. Pausing.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As the cycle of the Moon is not an even number of days, a lunar month can vary between 29 and 30 days only.


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And there're only 354.4 days in a lunar year. The difference accumulates to give a leap month.


  46. Reflecting.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I mixed up the Agricultural Calendar with the Gregorian one!


  48. Pausing.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Have I become senile?


  50. Pausing.


  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And if I've become senile, how would I know it?


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT


  54. Peter, his WIFE, elder SON and his GIRLFRIEND, younger SON and younger DAUGHER are having dinner.


  55. PETER (V.O.): My family is extending. We find it good to have a dinner gathering as the New Year's coming.


  56. Pausing.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I come from a big family. Tomorrow, we'll have another dinner gathering with other nuclear family members.


  58. Thinking.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It takes a lot of history to make a little tradition. Tradition connects and nurtures us.

  60. THE END


  61. FADE OUT






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