Joe Bruno on the Mob – Snakeheads – A Sceenplay – Part Two
EXT. A FISHING TRAWLER – LATE NIGHT
The TRAWLER rocks back and forth in a furious RAINSTORM.
A small ROWBOAT bobs violently next to the TRAWLER.
A CHINESE MAN sits in the row boat, an oar in the water on each side. The ROWBOAT looks like it might CAPSIZE any second.
Ah Kay is standing on the deck of the trawler. Xin Lin is standing next to him.
Two CHINESE GANGSTERS drag three CHINESE MALE PRISONERS onto the deck of the trawler.
Ah Kay motions to the man in the rowboat to move the rowboat closer to the TRAWLER.
Xin Lin grabs ONE PRISONER.
The man hesitates. Then JUMPS into the ROWBOAT.
Ah Kay grabs the second prisoner.
You too. Jump!
The SECOND PRISONER jumps down into the ROWBOAT.
Xin Lin grabs THIRD PRISONER.
Now you. Jump!
The THIRD PRISONER jumps. MISS-TIMES his leap. Falls into the RAGING WATERS.
The THREE MEN in the rowboat try to save the DROWNING MAN. But they are too weak to drag him onto the ROWBOAT.
The DROWNING MAN struggles to swim.
A man in the rowboat offers the drowning man an OAR.
The DROWNING MAN grabs the OAR.
A WAVE crashes into him and he FALLS BACK into the water.
The ROWBOAT TIPS and almost CAPSIZES.
The THREE MEN in the boat SCREAM.
A GUNSHOT blasts from the TRAWLER.
The DROWNING MAN takes the bullet in the chest and DROWNS.
Ah Kay looks down at the ROWBOAT, holding a SMOKING GUN.
(in Chinese; to the men in the boat)
Row to shore!
The original man in the rowboat hands OARS to the other three. They ROW away into the DARKNESS.
(continuing in English to Xin Lin)
That’s part of the cost of doing business.
Yeah, but what a waste of a bullet.
But what about the money we lose for the creep we just killed that we were supposed to have smuggled into the United States?
We already got twenty grand from the family in China. We’ll collect the rest.
How? The guy’s dead.
We’ll collect the money before they realize he’s dead.
Suppose they find out he’s dead before we get our money?
We’ll just kill one family member at a time until we get our money. Believe me, after we kill one, the others will pay.
(beat; spits into the ocean)
That’s the best part of being a gangster.
Both man LAUGH like HYENAS.