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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Time's Joyful Escape

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 08:45

  4. Waking up, PETER checks the time.

  5. PETER (V.O.): My wife has asked me to pick up some drugs for her. I've got to have it done in Queen Mary Hospital before noon.

  6. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Perhaps, I should go swimming in St Stephen's Bay afterwards.

  7. Packing swimming gears.

  8. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): And a regular dinner gathering will be from 19:30.

  9. Pausing.

  10. PETER (V.O.): If I drive, I'd save time.

  11. Recalling.

  12. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): When I was touring the Tokyo area days ago, I proved that I could use public transport to get to my destinations.

  13. Act 2


  15. A. Narita - Asakusa. Nov 13, 2023. Peter rides on a local train.

  16. B. Asakusa - Nikko - Lake Chuzenchi. Nov 14, 2023. Peter rides on a local train and a bus.

  17. C. Nikko - Shinjuku - Isawa Onsen - Lake Kawaguchi. Nov 15, 2023. Peter rides on a local train, a limited-express train and a bus.

  18. D. Ikeburo - Ueno - Narita. Nov 16 2023, Peter rides on a local train.



  21. Getting off a bus, Peter finds his way.

  22. Taking a lift.

  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The Hospital is actually quite accessible.

  24. EXT. ROADS TO STANLEY - 11:45

  25. Sitting on the upper deck of a route#973 bus, Peter is observing the scenes outside.

  26. PETER (V.O.): It's my first time going to Stanley from the Queen Mary Hospital.

  27. EXT. ST. STEPHEN'S BAY - 13:00

  28. Peter lies flat on the beach.

  29. PETER (V.O.): I love to get connected with nature direct.

  30. Later, we see Peter swimming to the floating platform and lying flat on it.

  31. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): My peaceful and solitary experience isn't bad.


  33. Boarding that bus, Peter checks the time.

  34. PETER (V.O.): Oh, have I stayed two hours at the beach? I thought it was rather short.

  35. Pausing.

  36. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'm going to have a very late lunch at Tsimshatsui.

  37. EXT. RESTAURANT - 19:30

  38. Crowded and noisy. Peter, his WIFE, his SON, son's FIANCEE and her PARENTS are chatting happily over dinner.

  39. PETER (V.O.): Apart from aligning values and building capacity, we've cooked up something pretty creative.

  40. We hear somebody speaking with a loudspeaker inside a partitioned area again.

  41. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But we've to shout and listen very attentively.

  42. We see a WAITRESS presenting a bill to Peter.

  43. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But I haven't asked for it...

  44. Having tendered his credit card, Peter sees many CUSTOMERS leaving.

  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Good, their nosy party is over at last...

  46. Looking around, Peter notices empty tables.

  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh, we should also leave.

  48. Peter checks the smartphone time.

  49. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I don't feel we've had a three-hour dinner already!

  50. Act 3

  51. INT. BEDROOM - 23:45

  52. Peter stares at an AI drawing.

  53. PETER (V.O.): Fully present in the moment, I allow time's joyful escape.

  54. Pausing.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Relationship provides support, companionship and shared moments of happiness.

  56. Smiling.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I love creativity as it's a powerful tool to capture and preserve the essence of joyful experiences.

  58. FADE OUT

  59. THE END

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