NEW YORK CITY, DAY
Credits roll over establishing shots of the city. First,
primary MANHATTAN, the one tourists see on post
cards. Then slowly, we drift into Chinatown. Side
streets and back alleys so different you wouldn't
even know your in the U.S...Eventually we stop on...
WINGS BAKERY SHOP, WEST BROADWAY, CHINATOWN
CUSTOMERS move in and out when BOOOOM! The screen
EXPLODES in a ball of FIRE.
The bleeding PATRONS stumble into the street as
flames pour from a gaping hole that was once a
bustling Herb shop.
Across the street, a young ASIAN, poorly dressed,
lights a smoke. His body is undernourished and
covered with the tattoo insignia of the FUKIENESE
DRAGONS. But it's his eyes that get your attention.
Dark and hungry, they watch his day's work with the
detachment of one who's been taught the value of
life is zero. Meet BOBBY VU.
Oblivious to the chaos, he strides into the street
flanked by three similarly tattooed youths who we
will come to know as JACK, BLACK EYES and "THE TALL
KID". Together they encircle a middle-aged TRIAD
SYMPATHIZER dressed totally in his bakery whites,
crawling from the rubble. The young gangsters
brazenly pull pistols from their jackets.
Fukienese Dragons not funny now.
The injured man futilely pulls a gun from his coat as
the Dragons execute their prey in a barrage of
gunfire. Smoke drifts from their weapons when Bobby
notices a frightened TOURIST lying in a puddle of her
own blood. He looks into her tear filled eyes and
raises his gun to finish her. But she dies before he
needs to shoot.
He then climbs into a rented Ford and takes off.
3. A BAD DEAL FOR THE FUKIENESE
PHAN HO'S LAMPS, CANAL STREET, NYC-NIGHT
For a lamp store the joint is dark. The only light comes from the
merchandise burning 20 watt bulbs and a small black and white
Zenith spouting tape delayed news from the bombing site.
The tragic death of BETH KADELL from Fairlawn New Jersey
in this morning's Chinatown bombing has mobilized the city
and drawn attention to a six month war being waged in the
back alleys and underground corridors of the city's most
mysterious neighborhood. According to police, the Fukienese
Dragons, a new entity in the Chinatown crime scene, are
headed by twenty year old Bobby Vu from the Fukien
province of China.
The television shows a surveillance photo of Bobby Vu as the
sound of sporadic GRUNTS and a heavy WHACK...WHACK, emanates
from the back of the shop.
Sitting at a table, drowning in a shower of sweat, is a fifty
year old blob named PHAN HO. Nerves mask his face, when
suddenly his arm lurches forward as if something or someone
pulled him. WHACK!
Sources say the bombing and execution of a known Triad
Soldier are another chapter in the power struggle between
the Fukienese Dragons Youth Gang and the Triad run Tung
Fung Benevolent Association, Chinatown's ruling organized
crime entity for over a century, believed to be headed by
local businessman Benjamin Wong. Known in the community
as Uncle Benny.
A photo of sixty three year old Benny Wong fills the TV screen
as Phan Ho takes a five from a dwindling stack of bills and pushes
it across the table to NICK CHEN.
Chen's thirty six, and whatever money he earns is spent on clothes
and fifty dollar haircuts. He's handsome and cool, with looks
hailing more from his Hong Kong father than his mainland mom.
Phan watches as Chen takes a card from his hand and flips it onto
the table. Ace of Spades. Phan drops a three of Clubs. Back and
forth until Phan's empty and Chen's left with one card. He smiles,
taking his time as the fat man wipes sweat from his brow.