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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Master Key

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. EXT. FLOOR CORRIDOR - 09:15

  4. Going out, PETER locks the door with one of the keys on the ring.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I'm going to a locksmith to duplicate two keys.

  6. Peter waits for the lifts.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My elder daughter is coming home for the first time in over three years.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having lived in many places in Japan and in Seoul, she couldn't find the keys to our flats.

  10. A lift door opens.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I just want to get it done early as I've other things to do.

  12. Peter steps inside.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Hours later, I'll be greeting her and her boyfriend at the Airport.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. MALL#1 - 09:20

  16. Store#1. Peter shows two keys on a ring to LOCKSMITH#1.

  17. PETER: Duplicate one each, please,

  18. Locksmith#1 examines the keys.

  19. LOCKSMITH#1: For the small one, $8; for the high security one, $45.

  20. Having duplicated the small key manually with a key-cutting machine, we see locksmith#1 having problems with the high security one.

  21. LOCKSMITH#1: Sorry, I don't have any matching ones.

  22. PETER (V.O.): Strange. I came to this store to duplicate the same key many times.

  23. Peter gets the keys and pays $8.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But nearly every time, I had to come back again with the duplicated ones to make them fit for purpose.

  25. Pausing.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But this time, the locksmith has given up.

  27. Pausing.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me try to find another locksmith.

  29. Store#2. Peter enters showing his high security key to the SHOPKEEPER.

  30. PETER: Can you duplicate such a key?

  31. SHOPKEEPER: Sorry, our technician has already gone out to work.

  32. INT. MALL#2 - 11:00

  33. Store#3. Having tested Peter's high security key in a lock, LOCKSMITH#2 begins to duplicate one.

  34. PETER (V.O.): I've decided I should go to a specialist. And the key costs $35 only.

  35. Getting the duplicated key, Peter pays happily.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Done! I just want to facilitate my children in anything.

  37. Later, before an ATM machine, Peter hits the keys to withdraw 99 hundred dollars.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Lucky petty cash for my elder daughter during her short stay in Hong Kong.

  39. INT. RESTAURANT - 11.30

  40. Peter is having Roast Goose rice.

  41. PETER (V.O.): When my wife and I were in Seoul, our elder daughter and her boyfriend took us to try good stuff.

  42. Sampling.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As her boyfriend wants to try Roast Goose in Hong Kong, let me check if the Roast Goose here is good.

  44. Tasting.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Acceptable, but those in Sham Tseng are more crispy.

  46. Having sent a WhatsApp message via his phone, Peter sees a response: What would you suggest then?

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No, their hectic itineraries on Sat & Sun don't permit a trip to Sham Tseng.

  48. Peter types his response.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife is right. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

  50. Act 3

  51. INT. FLOOR CORRIDOR - 20:30

  52. .Going to a unit door, Peter has a ring of keys in his hand.

  53. PETER (V.O.): To me, it's often the last key on the ring which opens the door.

  54. Peter uses the newly-duplicated one to open it.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My children hold the keys to their own happiness. I know love is the master key.

  56. We hear key clicking sounds.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Everyone has the master key. It's just a matter of using it. I feel its impact in life.

  58. As the door opens, Peter enters smilingly.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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