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SHUDAN!


EPISODE 2

THE KEY


Part 2


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60” Pre
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Title History

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Titles

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Recap of Episode 1

2051
-

Danger st alks t he 12 young guardians


Qiao and t he four
fiends are on t he hunt for t hem. In an ancient secret
room, hidden
in t he heights of t he

ultra

modern Lim

building, Qinsu and Liu decide
t o assemble t he 12 and escape on Sh
udan unt il they

have learnt
enough t o defend t hemselves

and Shanguo. In great secrecy, t he
young guardians t ravel to the Lim building and we, t he audience,
get to know t hem for t he first ti
me. Excited, shocked or horrified at
t he prospect of leaving all t hey know behind and t ravelling the
world, one by one, t he 12 agree t hey must leave. In great secrecy,
t hey depart for t he docks and are dismayed at the site of Shudan


an old, battered junk
. But it’s worse t han that …it’s a t rap. Waiting to
ambush t hem at the docks are Qiao and t he four fiends.


1.

EXT. HARBOUR


DAY


On the deck of Shudan, Qiao has transformed into a huge, h
ideous,
skinless cat. ‘Today
, Qin
su …all of you die
’. Qiao’s

voice gra
te
s at an
unbearable pitch as behind Qinsu and the terrified 12 Guardians, the
crowd of tourists scream
s

and scatter
s
. I n amongst them, seemingly
ordinary tourists themselves, the four fiends have transformed and rush
forward at their prey.


(RAPI D CUT
ACT
ION


THAT CONTINUES THROUGH SCENES 1
-
4
)


Liu wastes no time and runs full tilt at the nearest fiend


Hundun; a
creature easily three times her size. At the same time, Qiao leaps from
the deck at Qinsu with a high
-
pitched yelp that splits the air


he sen
ses
victory.


Torn between defending himself and protecting the young, Qinsu turns
and sees Zhen’s wide eyes in front of him. ‘Zhen, that way …all of you
follow him!’ His long stick points at a gap left by the fiends, who h
ave
all run at Liu
-

with Liu and Qinsu destroyed, the 12 Guardians
will

be at
their mercy.


Behind Qinsu, Qiao lands, but Qinsu’s already raised stick, sweeps back
at Qiao’s head. Qiao is fast and moves at the last moment to avoid
Qinsu’s blow. On the other side, Liu is leap
ing at Hundun, reaching into
her bag and pulling out a small cylinder. With claws raised, Hundun is
ready to tear her to shreds, but Liu’s arm is outstretched and she sprays
something into Hundun’s eyes …hairspray.
Boy, does that sting!
Bouncing off his ch
est, she lands to see the other three bearing down
on her.


Beyond them, Qinsu and Qiao trade attack and defence and in the
middle stand the stunned Guardians …but Zhen sees what Qinsu
meant


it’s like being back on the football pitch. There is a big gap

and with an almighty yell, he tells everyone to follow him. Older herds
younger as they begin to run towards the distant bus. Chonglin musters
all his strength and swings little Huiqing onto his shoulders, whilst Shu
begins to outpace even Zhen.


Liu
dodges
,

ducks and dives
, Qinsu strikes Qiao hard, but is cut badly
by a swipe of a claw and Zhen looks back at them …Chao, where’s
Chao? The seven
-
year
-
old boy is nowhere. He stops. He calls. Guang,
too …where is he. One by one the others stop. Now they se
e
something worse


Liu has been grasped by Taotie and Hundun has a
huge claw ready to strike. The savage fiend relishes the moment of her
doom then roars in pain as a wild boar runs from behind a

stack of

crates and gouges

Hundun’s legs with his tusks.


Taotie is not about to let that stop her from killing Liu and swings her
round to face

another fiend, Qiongqi. But Taotie

stops and begins
hopping and squealing in pain. Dropping the stunned Liu she lifts her
foot


dangling from a toe is a rat …Guang. Liu

springs forward, grabs
the rat and begins to run to the aid of Qinsu.


The Guardians are still, none more so than Liqiu …that’s it! ‘Zhen, your
talisman!’ she bellows. Zhen had got it, too, and in an instant

a South
Shanguoan tiger and mythical dragon app
ear on the dockside. Liqiu
begi
ns pelting towards the fight
, her fearsome roar causing the fiends
to

pause. Zhen, however, struggles

with his new shape

and staggers
around more like a drunken dragon than dangerous one. From out of a
small yacht,

moored by
the dockside, emerge

two brightly dressed
foreign tourists, sportin
g cameras


at first they look

slightly perplexed at
the staggering dragon
, which suddenly falls

at their feet, b
ut then
whooping

and cheering breaks out from the two of them.


‘Gee, honey,

these Shanguoans sure know how to put on a show!’ said
the husband, accompanied by clicking
compad
camera.


Liqiu pounces at a shocked
Taowu, who had turned to see a flying
tiger an arm’s length away. Liqiu crashes into his chest and sends him
falling bac
kwards. Liu is near Qinsu and Qiao, and whispers something
in Guang’s ear then puts the rat onto the ground. Liu turns


at the
back, by the crates, Chao’s boar is cornered by Hundun and Qiongqi
.
She runs, screaming at them, but Hundun’s arm is raised to s
trike, only
to have it grasped by the claws of an airborne dragon


Zhen flings
Hundun into the crates, which shatter and smash.


Now, other creatures arrived


Rong’ rooster, claws the head of
Qiongqi

as the fiend flays about, trying to hit it. A dazed Hu
ndun stands
only to see a charging Ox a few metres away that once again blast
him back into the crates. From the back of the

Ox slips Chonglin’s
snake
-

he sinks hi
s fangs into Qiongqi’s foot whilst the fiend is still
swiping at the rooster. Qiao goes to s
trike Qinsu, but lets out a high
-
pitched squeal as a rat bites his foot

(unseen by all since Liu put him
down, Guang had weaved his way to Qiao)
. Qinsu puts his staff into
Qiao’s chest and pushes him back into the water



Guang let’s go
, just
before Qiao t
opples over
. As Qiao looks up from the oily water, he sees
a falling brick, pushed off the dock by the hind legs

of a rabbit. Armed
with the

can of

deadly


hairspray, Yanyu’s monkey

squirt’s it into
Hundun’s eyes as the fiend once again tries to stand.
The monkey then
looks disapprovingly at the brand on the can.
Qiao and t
he fiends are
in disarray
,

and getting

ever closer can be heard a roaring engine
.

I n
the distance, swerving erratically, Li is driving the coach.


2
-

I NTERIOR COACH


DAY


Squinting t
hrough the windscreen of the coach with his foot flat on the
accelerator is Li. Hi
s glasses have fallen off. I
n between giving him
directions, Shu is scrabbling on the floor trying to find them
.


3


EXTERI OR, DOCKSI DE


DAY


From the wreckage of the crat
es, the mighty Hundun once again
stands and roars in fury, only to turn and see a coach screeching to a
halt in front of him. They collide and Hundun crashes back into the
crates.


Wasting no time, Qinsu and Liu herd the guardians back onto the bus,
transf
orming back to human form as they go. On board the bus, Shu
proudly stands, having found Li’s glasses. Placing them back on, Li revs
the engine and tries to crunch it into reverse.
Tapping him on the
shoulder,
Liu gently indicates for him to sit with the o
thers as she then
screeches the bus backwards and roars off.


4


I NTERIOR, BUS


DAY


The coach pulls away at considerable speed and Qinsu does a head
count


Jia …where is Jia! He calls her name and the bus goes silent.
Heads turn frantically until a lit
tle voice says ‘There …there she is!’


On the dock, frantically bounding as fast as her hind legs will bounce is
Jia’s rabbit …and now chasing her, some distance back, are the fiends
-

although they are hobbling a bit and Hundun

is clutching his back. No
matter how fast Jia goes, they will catch her.


Liu frantically tries to turn the bus around in the narrowing space


vehicles behind now begin to honk their horns at the blockage. Qinsu
opens the door and steps out. His fingers
glide over his talisman and a
majestic wolf appears, and runs like the wind. But try as he might. He

will never get there

in time.

The guardians stare in horror and
helplessness
. Now standing outside the bus i
s Shu, looking terrified as
her hand hovers ove
r her talisman.


‘Your father would be so proud of you …only you can get there.’ The
soft voice next to her is Liu’s. Shu stares at Liu’s now gentle face, but
fear still grips her.


4


EXTERI OR, DOCKSI DE


DAY


The fiends bear down on Jia’s rabbit as she
tires


Qinsu still runs like the
wind, but is stunned by the sudden sound of thundering hooves.
Hurtling past him is a sleek, powerful black horse. I n the distance,
cheers can be heard from the bus.


With seconds to spare, Shu’s horse pulls to a halt in f
ront of Jia’s rabbit.
Transforming to human form, Jia clambers awkwardly onto the back of
the crouching horse, with fiends almost upon them
. With one last leap,
the mighty Taowu launches himself at the horse, but Shu is too fast and,
with Jia’s arms round
her neck, gallops away to the bus, arriving with
cheers ringing in her ears. Liu smiles at her as she transforms back to
human.


5


I NTERIOR, BUS; DRI VI NG THROUGH THE STREETS OF BEI HAI

(Capital of
Shanguo)

-

DAY


There is much cheering

amongst the guardians as, buoye
d up, they
swap stories of their

daring deeds. But at the front Qinsu sits alongside
Liu (who is driving) and looks very concerned.
He cannot understand
how Qiao found out about Shudan and how to find them. He and Liu
agree
that they cannot return to the Lim building and are heading to
the industrial area on the other side of the city to a derelict warehouse.
Qinsu pauses and looks back with a smile at the young guardians
…today they did well and deserve their moment of celeb
ration. I n the
middle seat at the back sits Yanyu, energetically entering information
into a 3D projection. He smiles again, but suddenly the smile fades and
he strides down the bus towards Yanyu
. As he passes the others, the
expression on his face makes t
hem go silent.


He stops in front of Yanyu. ‘Who is the message to?’ His voice is calm
but shocks Yanyu.


‘Just a friend.’ She says nervously.


‘May I see
?’ His voice tells Yanyu that it’s not a request and she hands
him the phone. To the awe of everyone,
Qinsu obviously knows his way
around a compad. ‘Who is this?’ Qinsu turns a 3D projection of Cong
(her bo
yfriend from the start of Ep 1).


Yanyu fumbles an answer in the silent bus, but Qinsu
’s

fury breaks out


the kind of quiet fury the can unsettle anyo
ne. He tells Yanyu that this
boy Cong just happens to live at the same address as Qiao. Yanyu has
been sending messages straight to Qiao and, because of this, she
nearly got all of them killed.


I f her seat could have eaten her, she would have felt better
. All eyes
and face
s were fixed on her and she feels it
.

Try as she might, her eyes
well up.


‘So, you’d better stop se
nding that message …now!’ snapped

Qinsu.


‘Actually’ shouted Liu from the front

‘…that may not be such a good
idea.’


Liu explains that
Yanyu should send the message, but say that they are
heading back to the Lim building, to throw Qiao off their trail. Qinsu
nods and agrees
. Yanyu doesn’t feel any better

but
, wiping her eyes,

does as she’s told.


6


I NTERIOR, WAREHOUSE


NI GHT


Yanyu sit
s on the floor at one end of long, dimly lit
, rather dingy

room.
Her usually lively

face and personality has been drained. Arrayed at
the far end, occasionally talking are the other guardians. Only one
seems to constantly stare at

her


Li


and it begins
to unsettle Yanyu.


Li starts to talk to Liqiu, who then walks up to Yanyu
.


‘OK!’ bellows Yanyu ‘I ’ll go …I messed up big time and I ’m not cut out
for this!’


Yanyu rants, but Liqiu crouches and is still beside her. When she breaks
for air, Liqiu tells h
er that everybody here has done stupid things, but
Yanyu never meant to hurt anyone. Liqiu tells her story and, one by
one, others come forward with stupid things they have done
. Slowly,
silence turns to laughter and the smile returns to Yanyu’s face. Toge
ther
they turn to how to resolve the situation


can they get back to Shudan
and open it’s doors? The older ones bat ideas around, until …


‘I t’s probably an error in the sub
-
net programme on the master chip

happens all the time

s
ays Guang, not looking u
p from his note pad
with pencil stuck in his teeth

‘…what do you think, Chao?’


‘Well,’ starts Chao, looking up at the ceiling ‘if it’s an error in the binary
code of the algorhythm, then it could be corrected direct from the key
pad.’


The room is utterly

silent


two of the youngest
have spoken with

casual
authority and nobody has a clue what ei
ther of them has just said.
Zhen
eventually pipes up and breaks

the stunned silence

‘Brilliant
…can you guys open the doors?’

He pretends he understands …but
hasn’t got a clue.


‘Yep, I guess’ says Guang, very matter of fact

‘…if you can get me or
Chao close, with a compad, we can have a look.’


The room is full of whooping and cheering once again, at which
Guang and Chao l
ooked

surprised …after all, the solution was obvious,
was
n’t it?


A plan is hatched
to retake Shudan
…but they do not tell Qinsu and Liu.


7


EXTERI OR, DOCKSI DE


LATER THAT NI GHT


I t has

taken three different b
us rides to get here


they are tired and just
the

teensiest bit

grumpy
. A
rguments flair about who nearly woke up
Qinsu, who got on the wrong bus, who fell asleep and got left on the
bus …

but Chongli
n hisses for them to be silent.
Shudan is only 500
metres away and on deck they can occasionally see a hum
an form


the fiends are on watch.

More arguments flair …how are they going to
get on board, someone should have thought of a plan, what chance
have they got against …


But all voices fall silent as a gang of

10

boys comes round the corner.
They are all ab
out 17
-
18 years old …and looking for trouble. Their
leader spots Yanyu
, as do the others and they begin to crowd around
her. Chonglin immediately leaps in front of her. They laugh and begin
pushing him around


it all begins to get a bit ugly as Rong steps

in,
closely followed by others. Liqiu’s hand moves towards her talisman,
but Zhen stops her. As the scene worsens, he pulls her back and
whispers in her ear


quickly, her angered face changes and she
disappears round the side of the melee.


8. EXTERI OR,
ON BOARD SHUDAN


A LI TTLE LATER


Through binoculars, Qiongqi surveys the disturbance
. Turning to Taowu,
he shakes his head …just a bunch of drunken thugs, but a huge scream
of terror

from the distant throng

makes him snap the binoculars to his
eyes …a bun
ch of drunken thugs, now with a dragon hovering over
them!

Leaping off the deck, Hundun, Taowu and Taotie rush towards
the ruckus
,

now spotting a rearing horse, whose hooves knock one of
the gang members right off his feet. Qiongqi watches with a smile as
his
comrades close in

on the guardians

and the huge leaping shape that
suddenly filled his binoculars took him completely by surprise


a
snarling tiger hit
s

him in the chest

and pins him to the deck
. Seconds
later, a rooster flies down, gently dropping a rat onto the deck


both
transform into Rong and Guang. Then a monkey drops down from the
rigging with a rope and passes it to Rong, who proceeds to tie up
Qiongqi …still stunned and shocked.


Liqiu

and Yanyu transform

to human
,

and Yanyu pulls out her compad,
passing it to Guang. ‘Where’s Chao?’

he says, opening up a 3D display
of an electronic circuit. There is an awkward silence. Liqiu explains he
was right behind her …Yanyu points out that a tige
r runs a lot faster
than a boar ‘…anyway
, Chao, do you really need him?’ she adds.


Chao is vital


he knows how the algorithm circuit works …Guang
needs Chao

if they’re going to open Shudan.

A worried
Liqiu looks at
Rong
.


W
e need
to get
Chao

here
.
” says
Rong. S
econds later a tiger
and ro
oster disappear into the darkness

of the dockside, heading
toward the noise
.


9. EXTERI OR, DOCKSI DE


A LI TTLE LATER


Chaos.

When Zhen and the other Guardians transformed, the gang of
boys had scattered. But now other gan
gs and groups of people had
appeared, all drawn by the noise and the prospect of seeing a
dragon. Add to this the arrival of the three fiends in monster form and
people were running everywhere. Zhen and the others had
transformed back to humans to avoid de
tection, but were having a
hard time trying to get to Shudan.


Another huge scream erupted as a tiger was spotted
. Hearing this and
seeing Zh
en, Liqiu changed back to human. D
ismayed that Chao was
not with

them
, they set about looking for him when Huiqing
stops and
points to the sky. I n the feint moonlight they could just about make out
a hovering rooster. Running to the spot, they can now see a small boy


Chao


wincing in pain and clutching his ankle.


10. EXTERI OR, ON THE DECK OF SHUDAN
-

A LI TTLE LATER


Yanyu paces anxiously, occasionally worrying Guang with pointless
questions, which he ignores with skyward glances like an exasperated
husband


his focus is on the compad and the keypad of the lock,
which is now open with circuitry exposed. ‘I ’ve done a
s much as I can’
he announces, looking round to see the hideous transformed shape of
Qiongqi flying at him with claws outstretched.

(Qiongqi has
escaped
from his bonds.)


The first that Yanyu knew of anything was Guang’s yelp

and the sound
of her compad

clattering onto the deck

as Qiongqi bowled Guang
sideways … ‘My compad!’
she yells
, grabbing a long boat pole and
swinging it at the hideous creature.


The blow shocked Qiongqi for a second, but he then poised him self,
ready to leap and kill. Wrong …he
was messing with one very angry
young lady. Yanyu
whacked him again and

he rolled into a
bundle of
dirty old ropes. But then he looked sideways and smiled


Yanyu looked
to see why and her face changed from anger to horror. Running down
the deck at them we
re the hideous forms of Hundun,

Taowu and

Taotie. Yanyu leaps to put herself between them and Guang and
awaits the crunch
.


But it doesn’t come.
The three fiends leap, only to be hit by a flying
dragon, a charging ox (up the gangway) and a

leaping

angry do
g

(Huiqing
)
. More chaos, as fiends chase guardians
, but now the gra
ting
scream of Qiao freezes all

into statues …
particularly as he has his hands
menacingly around the neck of a very frightened Jiao.


Game over …they tried, but they lost. All stare at Qiao
, except Yanyu
who is distracted by the glinting reflected
light from a heart
-
shaped

handbag somewhere up
in the rigging. As Yanyu smiles and sees a
hand emerge from it clutching something dusty. Liu drops from the
rigging and lands in front of Qiao, throw
ing the dust into his face


he
immediately starts to sneeze
. From the dark of the dockside, Qinsu
lea
ps onto the deck and, stunned into stillness
, Qiao and
the fiends find
themselves

quickly overpowered and

dumped

into the murky

water

of
the docks
.


The w
ay is clear for Chao


clutching the neck of Shu’s horse, he rides
up the gangplank and is lifted down by Qinsu. Time is short


Qiao and
the fiends will be back on deck within minutes. Chao and Guang tap in
the code


the others are anxious, but for these

two
, it’s just a bit of
mathematical
fun now. Liu moves to bellow “Hurry up!” at them, but
Qinsu puts a finger to her mouth, indicating she should be patient
…easier said than done! The two are now laughing at something and
Liu cannot contain herself.


‘W
I LL YOU TWO HURRY OR WE WI LL ALL DI E!’ she bellows.


Guang looks round slightly confused. ‘Oh …sorry, we’ve finished …it
works now.’


Liu is about to burst, but Qinsu puts his arm out to prevent any damage.
‘So, here we go!’ he announces proudly, pulling
out a crumpled piece
of paper with the voice code on it. He reads …nothing happens
…panic and fear instantly fill the faces of the guardians, but

Liu
reaches over and, with an exasperated face, snatches the p
iece of
paper from Qinsu’s hand. Unfolding it

to

reveal the full voice code
, she
hands it back and, at the same time,

Qiao and the four fiends leap
onto the stern of Shudan.


The guardians freeze, but Qinsu

reads. This time something miraculous
happens


troublesome fiends are blasted off deck by collapsing
masts, folding sails and ugly piles of rope coiling them selves neatly (We
see Hundun once more thrown into the same pile of now quite broken
pallets
and

crates). S
leek, shiny metal plates appear and lock into
position
. Everywhere you look, the wreck that was an old junk is
transforming into a vessel that is even way ahead of it’s time for 2051.


For a few seconds there is silence

as they all stare in awe,

broken only
by the flash of a camera. On shore, the foreign couple who marveled
at the drunken dragon and the leaping Shanguoan tiger are smiling
and applauding the show. Dazed, but smiling, the guardians disappear
through a door into Shudan, waving as th
ey go. With a sleek noise, the
door closes.


12. I NTERIOR, SHUDAN


A LI TTLE LATER.


Mouths open, the 12 guardians stare at the incredible array of
technology before them in what must be Shudan’s control room.

They
all sway from a small jolt as Shudan sets

off. But now Qinsu turns


stern
faced, he was between them. They part and he stops in front of Yanyu,
who looks very worried.

‘We all make mistakes,’ he says ‘but what you did on deck just now to
protect Guang was very brave.’ Qinsu smiles. ‘I ’m very pro
ud of you’
he says, producing her compad from his pocket and holding it forward

for her
. ‘Just be careful who you speak to next time …hmm?



Whooping, cheering, music …cut to …


END CREDI TS


…..


EXTRA END SCENE, I F TI ME ALLOWS.


13
. EXTERI OR DOCKSI DE; A L
I TTLE LATER


The

camera zooms in to

the
two
foreigners

that we saw earlier

(still in
their brightly coloured clothes).
They are whooping and cheering at
“The Show” as Shudan glides away. Suddenly, t
heir faces turn from
smiling wonder to stunned shock.
What have they seen? We don’t
know.


END CREDI TS