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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Upon Arrival in Sakurajima

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1


  4. Watching TV news, PETER looks excited.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Oh, Japan's Sakurajima volcano erupts, prompting highest alerts.

  6. On screen, we see remote red images on mountain top and thick smoke in the sky.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Those red stuff must be lava shooting out from one of the craters.

  8. Recalling.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Several years ago, I visited Kagoshima. There, I visited Mt. Sakurajima twice.

  10. Recalling.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was hoping to see and feel eruptions first hand.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now, I'm seeing the eruptions on TV. Residents there must be feeling very tense.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. BEDROOM - 23:30

  16. Wardrobe. Selecting a T-shirt with the words "Kagoshima Sakurajima" and a device depicting a red volcanic crater and silver smoke in the sky, Peter wears it.

  17. PETER (V.O.): I bought this T-shirt at the Yunohira Observation Point. It's the highest point accessible to the public.

  18. Recalling.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I first heard about Kagoshima or 鹿兒島 "Young Deer Island", I found the name appealing.

  20. INT. STUDIO - 17:00

  21. Carrying a white Yamaha electric bass guitar, Peter plays some bass lines to the beats.

  22. PETER (V.O.): Enjoying the harmony is what I love to do. My professional work is full of dissonance.

  23. Peter grabs his smart phone to check on screen his travelling destinations 2016-2017.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was 62 going on 63.

  25. We see on screen: May-Sapporo, June-Guilin, July-Nagoya, Aug-Hainan, Sept-Okinawa, Oct-Shenzhen, Nov-Kagoshima, Dec-Tokyo, Jan-Kuala Lumpur, Feb-Taichung, March-Kyoto & April-Da Nang.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I flew direct from Hong Kong to Kagoshima and return in Nov 2016.



  29. Peter is having soup noodles.

  30. PETER (V.O.): Kagoshima is historically important for its "Last Samurai". Sakurajima is now the symbol of Kagoshima.


  32. Ferry terminal. Following a few local TOURISTS, Peter gets on board a vehicular ferry.

  33. PETER (V.O.): Great! It's like the modern version of Yau Ma Tei vehicular ferries in the 1970s.

  34. At the ferry kiosk, Peter buys a sweet potato before going to the front to enjoy it and the panoramic view.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And this extended crossing is especially for tourists.

  36. As the ferry is about to moor, we see a welcoming PARTY at a pier floor waving at the tourists.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I think the number of the welcoming party is larger than the number of tourists.

  38. Peter waves back at them energetically.


  40. Travelling on board a tourist bus with a few PASSENGERS, Peter would get off at bus stops to take snapshots.

  41. PETER (V.O.): It's good that the driver would wait as the bus runs at hourly intervals.

  42. Observational point. Peter stares at the Mt Sakurajima as the bus leaves.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Except for the song of the wind, it's quiet here.

  44. After taking a few photos, Peter retreats to a souvenir kiosk, buys a T-shirt and then reads leaflets.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The powerful eruption of lava in 1914 has formed the land connection between the island and the peninsula.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While Sakurajima is no longer an island, I don't see any deer here.


  49. Act 3

  50. INT. SITTING ROOM - 21:30

  51. Peter is watching TV news. There's no mention about Sakurajima.

  52. PETER (V.O.): In Nov 2016, my mood was very different from now.

  53. Pausing.

  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was still undergoing "sanitization", avoiding conflicts of interest as a retired senior civil servant. I treated travelling as alternative work.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And some 10 months later, I began private practice and that has been impacting on my creative mood adversely.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The experience I believed I'd welcome is quite like the forced one upon arrival in Sakurajima.

  59. Reflecting.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know now what experience actually turns me on.

  61. THE END

  62. FADE OUT

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