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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.


  28. EXT. YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL - 14:00


  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.


  37. MONTAGE


  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.


  40. END MONTAGE


  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.


  48. EXT. HEUNG YEE KUK SEC SCHOOL - 15:30


  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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