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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.


  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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