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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Dreamy Moment

  1. Act 1

  2. FADE IN.


  4. INT. ROOM - DAY

  5. Vacant. PETER (20s) is looking around with his DAD (40s).

  6. PETER: Pretty nice. I can move in.

  7. Seeing water dripping, Peter takes a look at the ceiling.

  8. Peter (Cont'd): Oh, but the ceiling is leaking.

  9. Peter's Dad notices that.

  10. Peter (Cont'd): And Dad, you'll fix that.

  11. Peter's Dad nods.

  12. Peter (V.O.): Whenever we've any problem with anything, we just leave it to Dad. We take it for granted that Dad won't mind.

  13. End Dream Sequence.


  15. Still dark. Peter wakes up from his dream.

  16. PETER (V.O.): Oh, it's just a dream!

  17. Pausing.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since his passing away in 2011, this is the first time I dreamt of Dad.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Why now?

  20. Act 2



  23. Checking their phone messages, Peter and his WIFE chat.

  24. WIFE: Our daughter can't come home in March from Fukuoka as planned. Its college imposes quarantine for students returning from Hong Kong.

  25. PETER: I'll be in Kumamoto in March.

  26. WIFE: Then, you bring her the noodles she likes.

  27. PETER: Can't she buy them in Japan?

  28. WIFE: No, those are Korean noodles, not available in Japan.

  29. Peter nods.

  30. WIFE (Cont'd): She's making arrangements to meet you while you're in Kumamoto. Leave about 3kg of your baggage space for the noodles.

  31. Peter nods.

  32. PETER (Cont'd): It's always good that I can provide for my children.

  33. Pausing.

  34. PETER (Cont'd): We'll see our younger daughter in UK in April.

  35. Pausing.

  36. PETER: If I go to Australia to see our son, do you think it good for me to check in the apartment he has just rented?

  37. WIFE: You had better check in a hotel and not to disturb his routines...

  38. PETER (V.O.): I also mean to see the car that I would buy him, although I know he needs to drive it to hospitals.

  39. Peter checks airline tickets with his phone.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No cheap air tickets yet.

  41. EXT. CAR - NIGHT

  42. Peter's elder SON is in the passenger seat.

  43. PETER: This car can become a collector's item. It's older than you.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER: When I'm gone, don't just treat it like trash. It can be valuable.

  46. PETER (V.O.): When I was a senior civil servant, I gave my children very little time. Is it now too late for me to make things better?


  48. Act 3

  49. Lying in bed, Peter is reflecting.

  50. PETER (V.O.): Since his passing away, I remember my Dad from time to time. Missing him is heart-aching. It was good to see him in his 40s again - even though that's in my dream.

  51. Reflecting.

  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When my Dad was around, I never expressed my feelings explicitly to him. I just leave things to him to fix them for me. That was how we subtly engaged.

  53. Checking the table clock time.

  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although it's very early in the morning, I don't want to sleep again and forget the dreamy encounter. The dreamy moment is real to me!

  55. FADE OUT.

  56. THE END.

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