EXT. HONG KONG -- NIGHT
We're in a HELICOPTER POV flying over Hong Kong's dazzling skyline.
SUPER - HONG KONG - JUNE 30, 1997
FADE UP the sound of a RADIO NEWSCAST as we continue to fly over
luxury, high rise condos, gleaming corporate headquarters, and
...and now, in something less than
three hours, what was once known as
the Asian pearl of the British Empire
will revert forever to The People's
Republic of China...
Suddenly, we break out of the lights of the city and FLY LOW over the
dark harbor. The newscaster's voice blends with the WHUMP WHUMP of the
INT. A WAREHOUSE-NIGHT
We're CLOSE on a huge gleaming DRAGON made of tin. The dragon seems to
float effortlessly across a concrete warehouse floor.
PULL BACK until we see that it's riding on a fork lift toward a SHIP
docked at the warehouse.
As the dragon moves, we see it pass PRICELESS CHINESE ART OBJECTS
including ceramics, glass paintings, and huge statues.
CHINESE MEN move quickly as they load this precious cargo into the hold
of the ship.
INT. THE HOLD-NIGHT
The dragon is now descending right on top of us as it's lowered by A
CRANE. A Chinese man carrying an AUTOMATIC WEAPON looks up at the
dragon as he walks by. We hold on the dragon.
Suddenly, A MAN'S FACE appears in the dragon's mouth. This is LEE,
dressed all in black. He dives head first out of the dragon and lands
silently on the deck.
Another GUARD, cradling an M-16, walks around a railing and looks over
the side. Suddenly, A HAND reaches up and pulls him over the edge. He
disappears and a beat later we HEAR A SPLASH.