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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

On The Morningside

Updated: Apr 4, 2022

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BEDROOM - 10:00


  4. Checking What'sApp messages, Peter sees an image of Mt Fuji.


  5. PETER (V.O): A great shot at dawn.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Mt Fuji wasn't lit up during the night, but on the morningside, it brings out a better outlook.


  8. Peter checks other images.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My elder daughter has already had a full breakfast while I was still dreaming.


  10. Recalling.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Japanese breakfast time isn't flexible; and check-out time is usually at 10am.


  12. Having replied, Peter gets other What'sApp messages.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, she's already in the vicinity of Lake Kawaguchi (河口湖).


  14. Act 2


  15. EXT. STREETS - 12:45


  16. Walking, Peter buttons up his shirt's the collar button.


  17. PETER (V.O.): Today is quite cool. It's warm when compared with Japan.


  18. Waiting at a bus stop, Peter checks What'sApp images.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, is there a Lake Kawaguchi (河口湖) Ropeway? I don't know about that.

  20. Recalling.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We visited Kawaguchiko a couple of times. Every time our focus was on the lake.


  22. Recalling.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We had lake cruises there.


  24. Peter checks an image shot from a cable car.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The outlook from the Ropeway is very different.


  26. Peter surfs the web.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the Ropeway has been there since 1959.


  28. Boarding a bus, Peter sits on the upper deck.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I feel like going out today.


  30. Seeing the Victoria harbour, Peter takes photos with his smartphone.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Hong Kong is beautiful too.


  32. Later, Peter gets off at K11 MUSEA at Tsimshatsui.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The mall appeals to my senses. A Sony store is there too.


  34. INT. K11 MUSEA - 13:30.


  35. Entrance. A sculpture depicting a headless woman with broken limbs gets Peter's attention.


  36. PETER (V.O.): This surreal artwork is full of contrasts. It fuses high and low arts, construction and destruction.

  37. Sony store. Peter pays for a wireless headset.


  38. PETER (V.O.): Let me buy something Japanese.


  39. Holding the box, Peter checks some small prints.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it's made in Malaysia.


  41. EXT. PROMENADE, TSIMSHATSUI - 15:00


  42. Facing the Victoria harbour, Peter is in thoughts.


  43. PETER (V.O.): I wanted to buy another pair of Bluetooth speakers. But they're out of stock. Let me try other retailers.


  44. Peter calls and sends messages.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The same for retailers. No luck.


  46. INT. MTR CABIN - 15:15


  47. Having screen time, Peter looks puzzled.


  48. PETER (V.O.): My elder daughter has given up having Tam Tsai noodles in Tokyo this evening?


  49. Reading.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She couldn't bear the two-hour waiting queue formed by Hongkongers?


  51. Peter sees a WOMAN sanitizing a seat before sitting down.


  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, life is at stake. Many Hong Kong centenarians fall because of COVID-19.


  53. Act 3


  54. INT. BEDROOM - 23:30


  55. . Putting his new headset by the bedside, Peter is pondering.


  56. PETER (V.O): I don't have to be too concerned with my children. They're independent and good.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They select their choices and know what changes to adapt.


  59. Thinking.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Seeing how they've grown up, I feel sunshine on my shoulders.

  61. Peter re-watches an image of Mt Fuji on screen.


  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They'll create a better outlook for the future.


  63. FADE OUT


  64. THE END























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