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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


  14. MONTAGE OF PETER USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN JAPAN


  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.


  19. END MONTAGE


  20. EXT. QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL - 10:30


  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.


  32. EXT. BUS TERMINAL, STANLEY - 15:05


  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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