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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Streets of Wanchai

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1


  4. G/F. Carrying a bulky brief case, PETER goes to the lift lobby.

  5. PETER (V.O.): It's like going back to work in the mid-1980s.

  6. Getting out on !/F, Peter enters the High Court Library.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I need to research on something on procedural justice.

  8. Having grabbed a few books from the bookshelves, Peter opens his laptop.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No internet? Not even from my smart phones' hotspots?

  10. Having checked the connections again, Peter gives up.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'd better do my research first.

  12. Later, Peter takes off his eye glasses.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My eye is getting worse.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. STREETS, WANCHAI - 14:15

  16. Cloudy. Walking alone, Peter observes the shops and the passers-by.

  17. PETER (V.O.) : Having worked in the district for about 20 years, I was most familiar with the streets of Wanchai.

  18. Recalling.

  19. PETER (V.O.): In Dec 1991, I left the Attorney General's Chambers and joined the Intellectual Property Department.

  20. Recalling.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Department initially had its rented offices in Ocean Centre, Tsimshatsui.

  22. Strolling.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Life was pretty colourful during lunchtime and after work.

  24. Recalling.

  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Around 1993, the Department moved to the 24-25/F of Wu Chung House, Wanchai.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd: Walking around here now, I feel a certain unique and strange delight.

  28. Peter is checking shop names.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): These shops are new.

  30. Checking.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Where's the restaurant I used to frequent?

  32. Having checked the shops nearby again, Peter enters a restaurant.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This restaurant is new.

  34. Later, Peter begins to sample a plate of fried beef noodles with soy sauce.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's tasteless.

  36. We hear thunder sounds. Drinking a cup of Horlick , Peter checks an incoming mail.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): See if I can fill in the form by using the "Fill & Sign" App on my smart phone.

  38. After tapping and typing on the screen clumsily, Peter looks relaxed.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm still not good at doing it. I need more practice even though the skill isn't exciting to learn.

  40. Seeing no rain outside, Peter leaves. Then, we hear a Bang!

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):What's happening? Peter sees chair falling on the floor.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, as I move, my bulky brief case I'm carrying has pushed it down.

  44. A WAITER comes to help.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm an old man now.

  46. Peter exits the restaurant.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me take a different route back.

  48. Walking towards an antique shop, Peter sees an old brown dog blocking the entrance.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I love the dog's couldn't-care-less demeanour.

  50. Act 3


  52. Arriving on the G/F from the lower ground floor, Peter sees vacant spots on a bench.

  53. PETER (V.O.): Let me see if I can get connected to the Internet here.

  54. Opening his laptop, Peter clicks Wi-Fi.HK and gets connected.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'd better satisfy my desire to create something here rather than to waste my time to read boring stuff in the library.

  56. Reflecting.

  57. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'm wise enough to know this is the right thing to do.

  58. Peter begins to hit the keyboard cheerfully.

  59. THE END

  60. FADE OUT

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