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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Streets of Wanchai

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES - 11:00


  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


  51. INT. QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES - 16:00


  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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