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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Timeless Treasures

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY


  4. PETER and his WIFE are chatting.


  5. WIFE: Do you know anything about Korean funeral arrangements?


  6. PETER: No. Let me research.


  7. WIFE: No need. I'm sending you a link. Korean funerals take place over three days.


  8. As Peter reads the materials on his phone screen, Peter's wife sends him an image.


  9. PETER: Oh, it's from us to the late Mr IN.


  10. WIFE: I read that the Korean funeral atmosphere isn't that gloomy when compared with other cultures.


  11. PETER: Is that right?


  12. WIFE: Even distant relatives who haven't seen the deceased before would attend the funeral service to show support to the surviving ones.


  13. PETER: That's a very good tradition.


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. SITTING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


  16. Peter is studying a link with images.


  17. PETER (V.O.): I can tell three other differences between Korean funeral services and Hong Kong ones.


  18. Pausing.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): First, the mourners, whether men or women, dress in black. Second, funeral visitors bow 2 times to respect the deceased and 3 times to the mourners. And third, funeral visitors play games with the mourners.


  20. Pausing.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Playing games in Hong Kong funeral services is inconceivable. The Korean practice is to help mourners face their bereavement.


  22. Pausing.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):I love this Korean way.


  24. Reaching out his other mobile, Peter sees an video game advert appearing on the screen.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a game in which players build up Chinese idioms on the electronic board from small-lettered tiles.


  26. Pausing.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've forgotten many Chinese words as I don't have to write them, not to mention the use of Chinese idioms.


  28. Pausing.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): One of the things that I haven't done in my life is to play video games. This one can be a bit intellectual.


  30. Having tapped Install, Peter begins to play the video game.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, I can play. I learned most of the Chinese idioms while I was very young...


  32. FLASHBACK


  33. INT. POK OI HOSPITAL - DAY (1962)


  34. Having been admitted into a ward, Peter (8) is welcomed by other children PATIENTS.


  35. PATIENT#1: What illness have you got?


  36. PETER: Yesterday afternoon, I played bouncing on the sofa and fell on the ground head first. Last night, I had a high fever. And you?


  37. PATIENT#2: I've kidney disease. I've been living here for quite a while.


  38. PETER (V.O.): Can children get very sick?


  39. END FLASHBACK


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although I enjoyed staying there, I was discharged the next day.


  41. Recalling.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Later, while visiting my Mum's parents, I learned that a young "auntie" (just 1-2 year older than me) was suffering from kidney disease.


  43. Recalling.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That was the last time I saw her.


  45. Peter sighs.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife and I met the late Mr IN via Skype less than a fortnight ago.


  47. Pausing.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When life still gave us the opportunity to check off an event on our bucket list, we checked them.


  49. Pausing.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We did make memories that could last forever.


  51. Sighing.


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT


  54. Having done Skype with the CHILDREN, Peter is in thoughts.


  55. PETER (V.O.): The more we love someone, the harder it is to lose.


  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.): Although our encounter with Mr IN was brief, our shared memories are timeless treasures of the heart.


  58. Reflecting.


  59. YPETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And the life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.


  60. Peter plays the video games again.


  61. FADE OUT.


  62. THE END





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