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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Translating Hope

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 10:00

  4. Sitting at a desk with a mobile in hand, PETER practises words and phrases in Korean.

  5. PETER (V.O): I'm determined to expand my language skills.

  6. Practising.

  7. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I'm progressing day after day.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Although the Korean sentence structure is different from Chinese, some Korean words sound similar.

  10. Practising.

  11. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): There must be some historical interactions and cultural exchanges between Korea and China.

  12. Pondering.

  13. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): My elder daughter has been studying in Seoul and will make it her home away from home.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. RESTAURANT - 13:00

  16. Ringtones. Peter checks his mobile screen and sees "Emily".

  17. PETER (to mobile): Hi Emily!

  18. EMILY (from mobile): Hi Peter! I'm still passionate about legal translation and will run a Workshop...

  19. PETER (V.O.): I was interested in legal translation and had a diploma, but...

  20. EMILY (Cont'd) (from mobile): Could you write and perform a song on legal translation in the Workshop to be held in ICC?


  22. A. Theatre, OpenU - 2012. Before delivering a lecture on legal translation on IP, Peter plays a Martin's acoustic guitar and sings his song to entertain early-bird STUDENTS.

  23. B. Theatre, OpenU - 2014. On stage, Peter plays a PRS electric guitar and sings a song to celebrate the university's 20 years' anniversary.

  24. C. Lecture room, OpenU - 2016. Playing a Gibson electric guitar, Peter sings a song to entertain MEMBERS of a legal translation Institute.


  26. PETER (To mobile): No problem...I just hope that I can deliver another song on legal translation...


  28. After a meeting with a CLIENT, BRAR, the interpreter talks to Peter.

  29. BRAR: Do you enjoy your Korean lessons?

  30. .

  31. PETER: It has been tough! But I enjoy learning with my wife...

  32. Pausing.

  33. PETER (Cont'd): Using the Duolingo App, I'm learning Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and Japanese by myself.

  34. BRAR: Wow!

  35. PETER: I've turned 70. I hope my learning of multiple languages can delay my cognitive decline.

  36. Noting his client's interest, Peter shows him the Duolingo App on his mobile screen.

  37. PETER: You may wish to learn Chinese during your stay here...

  38. We see his client's eyes appearing bright and lively.

  39. EXT. RIVERSIDE PARK - 19:00

  40. Peter and his WIFE walk KAJI, their pet.

  41. WIFE: The Hong Kong stock market is starting to bounce back, we've lost less money.

  42. PETER: And the prospect of regaining what was lost evoke feelings of hope and happiness.


  44. INT. STUDY - 10:45 (Today)

  45. Noticing WhatsApp notifications, Peter stops his language studies to check them.

  46. PETER (V.O.): Oh dear, a friend of mine has got cancer again...

  47. Sighing.

  48. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): It's really tough news to digest.

  49. Sighing again.

  50. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): I just hope that medical advancements and my friend's resilience could make a positive difference.

  51. Peter sends a written response.


  53. Act 3

  54. INT. STUDY - 21:45

  55. Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "Translating Hope" to a draft.

  56. PETER (V.O): "Translating" implies the act of interpreting or converting, while "hope" represents a positive and uplifting emotion.

  57. Thinking.

  58. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Language can serve as a powerful medium to share hope, inspiration, and encouragement.

  59. Reflecting.

  60. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): Through my engagements, I hope to bridge barriers, break down communication obstacles and spread optimism in the face of adversity.

  61. FADE OUT

  62. THE END

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