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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

When It Snows

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 12:00

  4. Seeing an incoming WhatsApp message, PETER checks it and sees a snowy image.

  5. PETER (V.O.): What a splendid view of the Seoul National University. I've heard so much about it but have never been there.

  6. Peter types his response on screen.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It must be very cold there.

  8. Peter sees another response on screen: Must remember to keep warm.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's from my wife.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):Parenting is saying the old things over and over again.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I lead by example, I shouldn't swim in the sea on a cold day.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. TAI YUK ROAD, YUEN LONG - 13:15

  16. Car park. Arriving in a red coupe, Peter sees a premises nearby is closed for renovation.

  17. PETER (V.O.): But I've checked that the Yuen Long Public Swimming Pool is open today.

  18. Peter puts his hand in cheek.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, that's actually the Yuen Long Stadium.

  20. Recalling.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1966, my family contributed $2 for its construction.

  22. Checking a building nearby, we see the name "Yuen Long District Sports Association".

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Has the swimming pool been relocated inside it?

  24. Peter checks further behind and sees the Yuen Long public swimming pool.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's it. I was here once.

  26. Recalling.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That was 40 years ago when I finished sitting a year's Law exams.


  29. Peter appears in the men's changing room.

  30. PETER (V.O.): It's so roomy.

  31. Later, Peter enters the open-air standard pool. There're about a dozen SWIMMERS.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The last time, I could only swim the breast strokes.

  33. Pausing.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is the pool a heated one?

  35. Peter enters the pool.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, it is.


  38. A. Snow-covered hot spring. Peter and his SONS are bathing in public.

  39. B. Snow-covered hot spring. Peter and his WIFE are bathing in private.


  41. In addition to breast strokes, Peter swims free style, backstrokes and butterfly style.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There's no snow and the water isn't hot. It's a cheap substitute when compared to those in 5-star hotels in Macau.

  43. Having swum non-stop for over 30 minutes, Peter leaves.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me take a roundabout way to have a look of the Yuen Long today.

  45. INT. NOODLE SHOP - 15:00

  46. Peter is having Wanton noodles.

  47. PETER (V.O.): Not bad. A bit pricy. In 1970, it costed 30-50 cents.


  49. Peter is capturing photos of it.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Lots of memories. Some hurt me as hell.

  51. Act 3

  52. INT. STUDY - 22:00

  53. Smart phone in hand, Peter takes a look of the snowy image.

  54. PETER (V.O.): When it snows, I believe our elder daughter can't wait to get home.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Home, especially the one in Hong Kong, is a good place to stay.

  57. Checking other images.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I wish I could go back in time, not to change anything, but to feel something warm again.

  59. THE END

  60. FADE OUT

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