Seas the Day – a Hong Kong Heist Movie
Hong Kong Heist Movie – Pecan Street Press
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Hong Kong Heist Movie – Copyright © 2014 Alan Nafzger
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Hong Kong Heist Movie – SEAS THE DAY
BANG A GONG – Hong Kong Heist Movie
(Filipino Heist Movie)
Hong Kong Heist Movie Written by Alan Nafzger
SUPER: 1945 – West Philippine Sea – 10 miles from Recto Bank
Underwater sounds. The camera is 30 meters deep pointing up to an embattled World War II submarine. The Japanese submarine is being sunk. Explosions. The debris passes the camera on its way down, then the entire sub passes all the while imploding. As it passes the camera tilts to follow it down. It impacts on the sand/rocks below. It rests on the ledge of an abyss.
BEGIN PRIMARY TITLES
UNDER: West Philippine Sea – Recto Bank
SUPER: 2022 – West Philippine Sea – 10 miles from Recto Bank
Contemporary underwater scene. Not-so-modern divers pass the camera on their way to the bottom. The camera pulls back and we see the sunken Japanese sub, still on the ledge of the abyss.
It is an utterly unsophisticated salvage operation; in fact, it’s being conducted by simple Filipino fishermen. Heavy bags of booty from the submarine are extracted and jerry-rigged truck tire tubes are inflated to bring the bags to the surface.
Most “dive” movies have dialogue conducted between divers with $800 “Buddy Phones” or more expensive underwater communication radio systems. These divers are doing it the old fashion way, with hand signals. This should set the tone/theme for the entire movie (David vs Goliath) poor Filipino fishermen vs. The Communist Party of China.
The divers enter and exit the sub via an open hatch.
END PRIMARY TITLES
EXT: DECK OF THE BOY DAVID – DAY
The Boy David is a Filipino wooden-hulled fishing banca owned and operated by BAYANI B. ALBARACIN (78). It is 15 meters (50 ft) in length with a beam of 2.8 meters (9.1 ft).
It is unclear what is in the canvas bags until they are hoisted up on the deck of a simple and relatively small Filipino fishing trawler. The bags are opened. Only now do we fully realize that it was a Japanese sub because we might recognize the memorabilia – pistols, rifles, a sword, as well as some ceremonial knives. The booty is all hosed down on the deck with a water hose.
The last items to be taken from the bags are a relatively small amount (3) of gold bars (ingots) are laid out on the deck. The atmosphere on the boat thickens.
INT: WHEEL HOUSE OF THE BOY DAVID
Bayani Albaracin is a crusty old Filipino Fisherman. He is head of the family and captain of the boat.
JAMES DELA TORRE (28) is young, former Philippine Special Forces. He is a relatively new employee but a trusted lieutenant to Bayani.
There is a pot of coffee brewing in the background.
There are three solid gold bars laying out on the deck and at least $10,000 worth of World War II memorabilia. Can’t we just be satisfied?
But we can’t sit here all day. The Chinese.
This is Filipino water they can’t touch us.
We stay until the job is done.
EXT: DECK OF THE BOY DAVID – DAY
Bayani walks out onto the deck and speaks with a family friend, CORAZON LITIATCO (18) who has rigged a diving mask so she can see underwater from aboard the boat. She is making notes of what is happening above and below.
Two divers, JOHN BAYANI ALBARACIN (Bayani’s grandson) and an unnamed EMPLOYEE are at a breach in the submarine.
Any sign of the Chinese?
We are clear, but there’s that one last item.
Any sign of the box?
Corazon has an architectural drawing (map) of the Japanese submarine and has marked off almost all the compartments with a red x.
There’s just one more compartment for them to check.
UNDER: West Philippine Sea
The submarine shifts and ordinance falls from racks inside the submarine. It’s a dangerous situation. The two divers look at one another with uncertainty. One diver signals that he will enter the sub again, but without the scuba gear. It’s too tight a fit otherwise.
Even still, it’s a problem and he must contort himself to enter the sub through the breach.
EXT: DECK OF THE BOY DAVID
Corazon from the fishing trawler looks down through the mask.
The ledge seems to be deteriorating. It’s shifted maybe…
She shows Bayani the before and after angles with a hand gesture.
The entire sub can slip off with John B. in it.
He’s a good kid. But he’s not a kid anymore… he’s 20.
He’s taking his gear off.
The breach is the only way in. We tried the hatch that leads to this compartment but it’s rusted solid.
I couldn’t have asked for a braver grandson.
UNDER: West Philippine Sea
John B enters the sub. The employee peers inside. We see all the ordnance and potential trouble as he precedes deeper into the sub. He’s eventually out of view.
EXT: DECK OF THE BOY DAVID
How long has he been in?
Grandfather bends over Corazon’s map, he points to the map.
How long will it take him?
This is the last compartment. In and out. No time.
He’s not going anywhere but here.
She puts her finger on the map pointing to the final compartment without a red X.
So long as the map is right he should be in and out.
Submarine shifts again and more armaments fall and partially cover the breach; it will be difficult to exit.
There is a catastrophic failure of the ledge. The rocks crumble and collapse; the submarine slips off into the abyss.
Corazon looks worried… she can’t hide that. She might have to give Bayani the bad news… but she looks down again to confirm.
What is it?
John B swims out of the abyss with a box corroded jewlery box, but he’s desperate for air.
The sub… they’re both okay…
After John B’s oxygenated… they put the metal box in a canvas bag. The two divers slowly begin to make their way to the surface.
Corazon points out to Bayani that John B has something. She gestures “a small box” to Bayani. She signals to him it’s about 12 by 8.
You think that’s it?
If it’s not we’ve lost it because the submarine is well; it’s gone.
It slipped into the abyss.
Far too deep for us to get it. Try again?
I think this is it. He’s coming up. He’s got a small box… and he’s signaling thumbs up.
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Originally posted 2022-01-14 08:52:28.