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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

"The Kiss"

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 08:30

  4. Unwrapping a bag, PETER takes out a black T-shirt with Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" printed on it.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I bought it in Vienna the last time my family was touring there...Oh, that was in 2005.

  6. Recalling.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Travelling to a place, I'd buy a T-shirt if the design appeals to my eyes.

  8. Checking "The Kiss".

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The other day I mentioned Gustav Klimt's "Lady with a Fan" to my wife, she recalled "The Kiss".

  10. Wearing the T-shirt.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've a white one too. I bought it in 1989, when I first visited Austria. I felt the couple's love and intimacy in a golden decorative background.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Then, I didn't know the work was called "The Kiss".

  14. Act 2


  16. Not busy. While walking towards Admiralty, Peter has eye contact with a GENTLEMAN walking in the opposite direction.

  17. PETER (V.O.): He's gazing at "The Kiss" on my T-shirt.

  18. The gentleman then looks away. And they continue their separate ways.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know who he's. But he might not know who I'm.


  21. EXT. CUHK - DAY (1976)

  22. Peter (22) is listening to a chat between VIVIEN and SHARON.

  23. PETER: Who are you talking about?

  24. SHARON: About a smart senior in another department.

  25. Then, they see a SENIOR appearing in a distance.

  26. VIVIEN: That's him!


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Actually, our background doesn't matter. It's "The Kiss" that powerfully connected us briefly.

  29. EXT. REPULSE BAY - 11:30

  30. From the bay water, Peter climbs up to a floating platform and then lies flat on it.

  31. PETER (V.O.): I feel the hot kiss of the sun.

  32. Later, Peter returns to the beach.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): OMG, the scorching sand is burning my feet!

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Hong Kong summer is showing off, hotter than any kiss on earth.

  36. INT. TIM HO WAN, CENTRAL - 13:30

  37. Peter is serving his WIFE with dim sum.

  38. PETER (V.O.): I enjoy having lunch with my wife, if we can make it.

  39. Eating.

  40. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): We've married for nearly 30 years.

  41. Recalling.

  42. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I always remember an extract from D H Lawrence's work "Sons & Lovers".

  43. We read Peter's photographic memory: For the first six months, they were very happy; in the second six they were fairly happy. After a year, he wept to himself secretly, at night, and felt he was going mad. For the next year they were rather unhappy...

  44. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Research suggests that the initial "honey moon phase" of a romantic relationship typically lasts from six months to two years.

  45. Peter serves a shrimp dumpling and a meat dumpling to his wife.

  46. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It's natural that the intensity of passionate feelings tends to decrease.

  47. Finishing the meal.

  48. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But that doesn't mean that the love itself has to fade.

  49. Having checked the time, Peter pays and they leave.

  50. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): With good respect, trust and communication, a lasting love isn't impossible.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. BEDROOM - 23:00

  53. Peter selects an AI drawing from a portfolio in his smartphone.

  54. PETER (V.O.): This is my AI cubistic version of "The Kiss"! Gustav Klimt couldn't have imagined that the machine and I can create the work in seconds.

  55. Smiling.

  56. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): "The Kiss" is what binds two souls in seconds, at least initially.

  57. Thinking.

  58. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): "The Kiss", like happiness, must be shared to be enjoyable.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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