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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Reel Memories

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 07:00

  4. PETER wakes up.

  5. PETER (V.O): I must have slept enough.

  6. Peter reaches for his mobile on the bedside table.

  7. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): See if I'd discover anything interesting...

  8. Strolling through his news feed, Peter stumbles upon an article.

  9. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): The film actor Yu Ming is celebrating his 100th birthday anniversary. I remember him very well.


  11. A. Cafe, Castle Peak Hotel, 1969. While watching the CREW preparing for a location set, Peter (15), in a waiter outfit, chats with YU Ming (45).


  13. Act 2


  15. Researching with his mobile, Peter reads a Wikipedia page about Yu Ming.

  16. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Yes, the film shot at Castle Peak Hotel in 1969 was titled "相思甜如蜜" (My Sweet Heart).

  17. Recalling.

  18. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I didn't watch the film. I wasn't fond of Hong Kong movies then.

  19. Recalling.

  20. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): The Castle Peak Hotel closed business in 1974. Then, it was demolished for estate development.

  21. Pausing.

  22. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I wonder if I can find that movie online.

  23. After a few clicks, Peter finds the full movie 1:33:02 available for streaming via YouTube.

  24. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I've never watched a movie early in the morning. But I can't wait this time.


  26. As Peter plays the movie on screen, we see a pre-title sequence.

  27. PETER (V.O): What a surprise for a romantic comedy! Yu Ming appears with other leading actors and actresses.

  28. In a restaurant scene, we see Ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and Maggi sauce on the table.

  29. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Those were standard table items to enhance flavour.

  30. Scenes set in the Castle Peak Hotel starts to play from 56:03. We see a photo session.

  31. PETER (V.O): It was shot at the Hotel's jetty. I led and held a farewell dancing party there in 1974.

  32. Then, we see on screen an actress swimming in the sea.

  33. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I swam there too.

  34. From 57:00, we see an open-air cafe.

  35. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Yes! The very place I began working as a Sunday waiter from summer, 1969.

  36. Peter stays focus from 57:14...

  37. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): The background building was the Chinese restaurant.

  38. Peter pauses the film at 57:50. We see a Bar in the background.

  39. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Before the Cafe opens business, I'd read my books behind the Bar.

  40. Recalling.

  41. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): One windy and rainy morning, Manager Yip caught me retreating there, studying.

  42. Peter pauses the film at 58:27. We see actors and actresses drinking tea.

  43. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I thought those tea sets were elegant then.

  44. Peter pauses the film at 1:00:15. We see the actress stopping a passing WAITER to get a drink.

  45. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Oh, he's Ting, the then Assistant Captain of the Hotel.

  46. Peter pauses the film at 1:04:23. We see two actors peeping out from a red door.

  47. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): That's the bathroom where I went bathing if I stayed in the Hotel overnight.

  48. After 1:05:35, we see a change of scene. Peter counts with his fingers.

  49. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Not bad, over seven minutes of coloured moving images of Castle Peak Hotel.

  50. Pausing.

  51. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I've got a lot more in my memories...

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. BEDROOM - 22:00

  54. Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "Reel Memories" to a text.

  55. PETER (V.O): Film reels can document authentically. Memories being explored and rediscovered can be connected to filmmaking.

  56. Reading comments on a Facebook post enquiring about the names of location sets of the film.

  57. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): They got the right answers to others. But no one could tell the location set at Castle Peak Hotel. It was hard to access without a private car.

  58. Peter types his comment: Castle Peak Hotel.

  59. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): My brief encounter with Yu Ming there leaves a lasting impression on me. Personal connection can be powerful.

  60. FADE OUT

  61. THE END

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