Joe Bruno on the Mob – Snakeheads – A Screenplay – Part One
Snakeheads – A screenplay
By Joe Bruno
Knickerbocker Literary Services
Copyright 2013 — Knickerbocker Literary Services
Ext. CHINATOWN – NIGHT
The CHINESE NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION is in full force.
HORDES of CHINESE CELEBRANTS clog the sidewalks and streets.
GONGS CLANG as a team of celebrants perform the CHINESE DRAGON DANCE in the street.
Firecrackers EXPLODE at their feet.
BILLOWING SMOKE fills the air.
CLOSE ON – CORNER STREET SIGN
“MOTT and BAYARD.”
SUPERIMPOSE: CHINESE NEW YEAR 1996 – YEAR OF THE RAT.
INT. CHINATOWN TENEMENT APARTMENT – NIGHT
SOUNDS of the CHINESE NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION emanate from the street below.
A lone CHINESE GIRL dressed in a tattered smock sits BAREFOOT on the floor. A CHAMBER POT rests on the floor next to her. The young girl looks 14-16 years old, yet, because of her disheveled look, she could be in her twenties, or even in her early 30s.
Her HEAD is SHAVED. Her thin legs are EXPOSED, and her almond-shaped eyes SCREAM FEAR.
Her hands are HANDCUFFED behind her back, and a chain connected to the handcuffs is wrapped around a STEAM RADIATOR.
We hear the VOICES OF MEN speaking IN CHINESE in the hallway outside.
The young girl WRIGGLES her thin wrists behind her, desperately trying to slip through the handcuffs.
The CHINESE CHATTER outside the room STOPS. Feet SHUFFLE away from the door.
The DOOR OPENS.
A middle-aged, CHUBBY CHINESE GANGSTER struts into the room.
He’s wearing a black leather jacket. A black shirt. And gold and diamond BLING are sparkling on his HANDS and around his NECK.
His shirt and jacket are open, exposing his Buddha-like belly. A SABER-LIKE KNIFE is stuffed into his belt.
The CHUBBY CHINESE GANGSTER stops. He STARES at girl; his eyes sparkling with LUST.
He smiles. LICKS his lips. Then STALKS towards the girl.
He removes the LEATHER JACKET and FLINGS it to the FLOOR.
The young girl WRIGGLES her boney WRISTS behind her, and finally her thin right hand SLIPS through the cuffs.
The rent is now due.
You ready to pay?
He KNEELS DOWN in front of her. He removes the KNIFE from under his belt, and lays it on the FLOOR next to him.
He slowly parts the young girl’s LEGS with his hands. Then he UNZIPS his PANTS, and pulls his pants down until he’s naked from the waist down.
He MOUNTS inside her.
They sit face to face; her HANDS still behind her, and her legs SCISSORED around his body.
He closes his eyes; MOANS in pleasure, as he slowly pulsates inside her.
The young girl sits; looking BORED, SCARED, and slightly DISGUSTED.
He increases the speed of his trusts; MOANING LOUDER with every thrust.
She slowly slips her FREE HAND from behind her.
Eyes closed, he PUMPS HER; FASTER and FASTER. MOANING LOUDER and LOUDER.
He achieves orgasm, and then emits a PRIMAL SCREAM.
Exhausted, he COLLAPSES on top of her.
Quickly, she snatches the KNIFE off the floor and STABS him repeatedly in the back and in the side.
She’s yelping like a MANIAC. Screaming LOUDER with every plunge of the KNIFE.
His blood SQUIRTS onto her face and into her mouth. She SPITS his blood back into his face.
She SHOVES him off her.
She straddles him. FACE to FACE. Her on top.
She STABS him AGAIN, AGAIN and AGAIN. SAVAGELY. Her face DEFIANT, with low GROWLS emanating from her mouth
While SCREAMS like a Banshee, she SLITS his throat, from ear to ear. His BLOOD SQUIRTS in every direction, soaking the young girl’s chest.
He rolls onto one side; then onto his back, his fat belly POINTED toward the CEILING.
His DEAD EYES are wide OPEN.
She reaches inside his pants pocket. Removes a roll of KEYS. Finding the right one, she UN-CUFFS her other hand.
She stands, picks up the dead man’s LEATHER JACKET, and DRAPES it around her SHOULDERS.
She SPITS on his face.
She quietly opens the FRONT DOOR to the apartment, and SCANS both ways down the HALLWAY.
No one is in sight.
She SCAMPERS down the stairs, passing a few startled CHINESE TENANTS. Then she SPRINTS through the front door of the building.
EXT. CHINATOWN – NIGHT
The young girls DASHES out of the building, and MELTS into the FESTIVE CROWD.
We see her push past CHINESE REVELERS, as she DISAPPEARS into the night.