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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Wells of Remembrance

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. LIVING ROOM - 08:15

  4. PETER is surprised to see his younger SON appearing.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Still here? Time to go to the Castle Peak Hospital.

  6. SON: Do you know where my friend's set of golf clubs are?

  7. PETER: It's being stored in our NT home.

  8. Recalling.

  9. PETER (V.O.): That's my wife's order, as our son returns to Hong Kong annually.

  10. Son leaves.

  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Our son and his friend must be going to the driving range tonight.

  12. Thinking.

  13. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I can go to our NT home and wait for our son to pick it up.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. TIN SHUI WAI - 11:15

  16. Coming out from the MTR station, Peter taps the Google Maps app.

  17. PETER (V.O.): My first time here by public transport.

  18. Recalling.

  19. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The Tin Shui Wai I remember was an area of fishponds in the 1970s.

  20. Recalling.

  21. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): My Dad told me in the early 1990s that my son liked to watch the Tin Shui Wai developments, and he cycled him to watch them from a distance.

  22. Peter taps the "live view" icon.

  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Where's the Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool? I can't go to the one in Yuen Long as it's closed today for cleansing.

  24. Later, Peter arrives at the quiet Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool.

  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Not a soul?

  26. Then, at the entrance, Peter reads a closure notice.

  27. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh dear! The one that is still open during wintertime is Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool!

  28. Entering the destination in the search bar, Peter taps "Direction" and the route is shown.

  29. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): OMG, it's just next to the MTR station!

  30. When Peter arrives at the Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool, it's nearly noon.

  31. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It's closing and will reopen at 13:00. Let me explore the area meanwhile.

  32. Peter walks along the Ping Shan Heritage Trail.

  33. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Where's the Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda?

  34. Recalling.

  35. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): When I drove past Ping Shan in the late 1970s, it's the tallest building in Ping Shan.

  36. Following an online map and checking his direction, Peter arrives at the Pagoda.

  37. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Although it's just next to the MTR station, the station dwarfs the Pagoda.

  38. Having gone inside the Pagoda, Peter comes out soon.

  39. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Not much to see on G/F. Visitors aren't allowed to go upstairs for conservational reasons.

  40. Peter continues his walk.

  41. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I want to find and see the Old Well in the vicinity.

  42. Arriving, Peter gazes at the Old Well, lost in thought.


  44. A. Family home. Tin Sum San Tsuen - 1960. Peter (6) and his Dad (27) watch LABOURERS digging a well next to a new brick house.

  45. B. Old Well. Tin Sum Tsuen - 1963. Having secured a rope to a bucket, Peter (9) lowers it deep down into the well and lets it submerge fully and fill with water before pulling the rope and lifting the bucket of water out of the well.

  46. C. Old Well, Shui Mei Tsuen - 1973 - 1974. Peter (19-20) carries a large bucket of water back to his old village house.


  48. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): When we're living on Hong Kong island before 1960, we had tap water and I took it for granted.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): From 1960 to 1974, my family survived on well water. When I rented a village house in Kam Tin from 1973 - 1974, I also survived on well water.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. LIVING ROOM - 22:30

  53. Working on a laptop, Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "Wells of Remembrance" into a draft.

  54. PETER (V.O): I cherish my experiences that shape my life. And I find life's simple pleasures are still all around me.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Out with the old, in with the new. While change is inevitable, development is optional.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): My son has got the golf clubs after work. All's well that ends well.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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