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.
ON ANOTHER GUARD
He's coming up a LADDER, automatic weapon slung over his shoulder. He
HEARS something, turns on the ladder. Nothing. When he starts back up
WHACK! A foot kicks him off the ladder and the ship. SPLASH.
ON TWO GUARDS:
Lee dispatches them with a FLURRY OF HANDS. SPLASH, SPLASH.
ON THE BOSS:
A handsome Chinese man named SANG stands at the railing watching the
loading process. He SHOUTS in MANDARIN and people jump to his command.
Then something catches his eye.
The top of the warehouse. We see another man's FACE peer over the edge.
And then disappear again.
ON THE WAREHOUSE
Ten HONG KONG COPS, weapons at the ready, are spread out on the roof
watching the loading action.
He turns and sees A HELICOPTER in the distance bearing down on the
boat. Without showing any panic, Sang steps inside his ship office.
He runs to his desk and grabs a REBREATHER MASK from a drawer. He looks
up suddenly and sees Lee standing in the doorway.
Sang doesn't move a muscle as the two men stare at each other. Suddenly
AUTOMATIC GUNFIRE erupts everywhere as the raid beings.
Sang dives for a Berretta taped under his desk. He grabs it and starts
firing. Lee rolls across the office dodging bullets.
Sang runs out and down a flight of steps. Lee follows on his heels.
EXT. THE SHIP-NIGHT
A battle is in full progress as the Cops fire down on the bad guys. The
helicopter joins the fray. We see a machine gun spray the warehouse
from the chopper's open door.
INT. THE BOAT-NIGHT
Sang runs down another flight of steps, deeper in the bowels of the
ship. He stops for an instant and fits the REBREATHER MASK over his
face. Then he turns and fires four rounds at Lee who has to dive back
in another passageway.
He comes hurtling down the steps. He stops. We hear nothing except the
distant sound of GUNFIRE. Then faintly at first, we hear WATER
Lee walks down a dark passageway and stops. He looks down at a round
HOLE in the deck, just big enough for a man. Dark harbor water SLOSHES
in the hole.