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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Dreamy Moment

  1. Act 1

  2. FADE IN.

  3. DREAM SEQUENCE


  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.


  14. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - NIGHT


  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


  21. FLASHBACK


  22. INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY


  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?


  47. END FLASHBACK


  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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