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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Yuen Long: Now & Then

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 10:00

  4. PETER puts his swimming gear into a bag.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Days ago, a man more than 20 years my junior died while swimming in the sea.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To swim in the open-air Yuen Long Public Swimming Pool is a good substitute.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I had a brief visit of Yuen Long last week and I want to go again now.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'll take public transport again, as I can see the surroundings and not just the roads ahead.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Let me explore further how Yuen Long has changed over time.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. YUEN LONG, NT - 14: 30

  16. Standing by the door of a moving bus, Peter checks the next stops on a digital display.

  17. PETER (V.O.): The next stop is Yuen Long Police Station, and then Shui Pin Tsuen...

  18. Thinking.

  19. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The Public Swimming Pool is closer to the Police Station...

  20. After getting off, Peter stares at the departing bus.

  21. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I don't know if the bus would stop at the same Shui Pin Tsuen stop opposite to Shung Tak College.

  22. Peter walks along Tai Yuk Road.

  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): From 1966 to 1971, I used to wait at that bus stop hoping a bus would stop so that I might get on board.

  24. Walking past the entrance of the Police Station on his left.

  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): In 1976, I drove in once to settle a traffic accident. I bumped into a car that braked abruptly.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Prosecuting on fiat now, I've done many traffic cases too.

  28. We see Yuen Long Town Hall on Peter' right.

  29. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It looks the same. During my matriculation years from 1971-1973, I read here whenever possible.

  30. Stopping at Heung Yee Kuk School, Peter sees a STUDENT in school uniform walking past.

  31. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Is that the Heung Yee Kuk uniform? I can't tell now.

  32. Arriving at the Yuen Long Swimming Pool, Peter notices an old MAN staring at him.

  33. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): When I was in my teens, I wanted people to like me. Now, I'm thinking if I like him.

  34. Swimming pool. We see Peter pausing so that he wouldn't bump into another SWIMMER.

  35. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Swimming in the sea, I don't have to face such a problem.

  36. Later, Peter walks past a row of shops at Kau Yuk Road.

  37. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It appears that the shop that I used to buy car spare parts from 1976-1980 is still operating.

  38. Peter takes a look of the STAFF inside.

  39. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Young guys...

  40. At the junction between Fung Ning Road and Castle Peak Road, Peter stares at a closed corner premises with signs "To let".


  42. A. Same spot - 1980. Toyota showroom. A white Toyota Corolla SR is being displayed prominently. Peter buys it.

  43. B. Same spot - 1989. Nissan showroom. A red Nissan 200SX is being displayed prominently. Peter buys it.


  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The sights then were much better than now.

  46. Walking past the Hong Kong Jockey Club at Castle Peak Road, Peter observes the activities inside.

  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): From 1976-1980, I placed my Mark Six bets as well as my Dad's here.

  48. Recalling.

  49. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): My Dad dreamt of the winning numbers 1,3, 6, 8,10, 30 of a draw, but knew not when. Betting on every draw, he won a small third price in the end.

  50. Sighing.

  51. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I wish he was still around now.

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. STUDY - 20:00

  54. Working on a laptop, Peter inserts an AI drawing entitled "Yuen Long: Now & Then..." into a draft.

  55. PETER (V.O): Over time, Yuen Long has undergone a lot of transformation, particularly the rail systems.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): While the bookshop where I bought my first guitar, the restaurants where I had lunch, and the hawker noodle stalls were all gone, they remain intact in my memory.

  58. Reflecting.

  59. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Via nostalgia, my life now is enriched by a series of "thens".

  60. FADE OUT

  61. THE END

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