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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Greatest Gift

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 09:00

  4. PETER grabs his iPad Mini.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Yesterday night, I modified a MV by changing some clips.

  6. Peter taps the iMovie icon.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I reviewed the MV this morning, I felt I really like the song. But the MV would be better if I substitute the food clips with Hong Kong scenes.

  8. Editing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I insert the English subtitles as well, my non-Chinese friends wouldn't be too surprised to get it too.

  10. It's 13:00.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's always time-consuming to do it. But once I get started, I couldn't stop to achieve perfection.

  12. Act 2

  13. EXT. LAKESIDE MALL - 14:30

  14. Restaurant. CUSTOMERS wait outside.

  15. PETER (V.O.): What a surprise. Today isn't a holiday.

  16. Peter goes to another to buy takeaway.

  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can spend more time at home.

  18. Car park. Picking up his coupe, Peter sees a WOMAN staring at the head lamp positions.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She looks surprised that my coupe's head lamps are hidden.

  20. Recalling.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Over 30 years ago, few cars got such vintage design.

  22. EXT. PETER'S NT HOME - 15:30

  23. Car park. Peter starts his dust-covered silver coupe.

  24. PETER (V.O.): I haven't touched it for a fortnight. It's a pleasant surprise that I don't have to jump-start it.

  25. Then, Peter takes a call.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): OMG, I've got a new assignment. I don't expect to get any today.

  27. INT. KITCHEN - 16:00

  28. Peter cautiously turns on a microwave oven.

  29. PETER (V.O.): I haven't used it for over 10 years. It's still working!

  30. INT. SITTING ROOM - 18:00

  31. Opening a gift box, Peter sees a work of artistic craftsmanship inside.

  32. PETER (V.O.): Yes, I got it in a lucky draw over 10 years ago.

  33. Checking.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It isn't made with ivory. It's made from ox bone.

  35. Decluttering.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There're so many things I can do here. But I've to go, my wife and I will go to a late movie tonight.

  37. Recalling.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was surprised that she arranged that. She's a workaholic.

  39. EXT. ROADS - 18:30

  40. Congestion. Peter is driving at a slow pace.

  41. PETER (V.O.): I haven't returned to urban area so early in the evening.

  42. Stopping.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I hope we still have time to have dinner first.

  44. Peter drives past two cars at the roadside.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's part of the reason for the congestion.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Hong Kong drivers are impatient. I'm not surprised.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've prosecuted hundreds of them.

  50. Act 3

  51. INT. DINING ROOM - 20:30

  52. Presenting Korean delicacies on the table, Peter's WIFE passes him a letter.

  53. WIFE: Special delivery from Korea!

  54. Having read the letter, Peter captures the moment.

  55. PETER(V.O.) (Cont'd): What a nice guy! The best things happen unexpectedly.

  56. Peter is excited and delighted.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Surprise is the greatest gift. And it's from our elder daughter's boyfriend!

  58. INT. CINEMA - 22:05

  59. Peter checks an email on his smartphone.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a standard X'mas greetings. Let me surprise all by replying with my MV.

  61. Having tapped on his phone screen, the movie Till We Meet Again begins.

  62. THE END.

  63. FADE OUT

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