Saturday, December 14, 2013
Javier Ortiz - Chinatown
INT. CAR DRIVING AROUND CHINATOWN
It is a typical Los Angeles night in Chinatown. The sounds
of cars going by driving towards Downtown L.A. flood the
area. One car in particular contains two undercover police
officers, RENEE MONTOYA and LYLE BOLTON. As they drive
through Chinatown they see three teenagers hanging out on a
Montoya, pull over here.
No worries kid, nothing I can’t
Montoya looks at the teenagers on the corner with a look of
confusion and pulls over. As Montoya watches Bolton get out
of the car we see him question them.
Hey there Lee. your mother know
The small group look at Bolton walking towards them and
watch in fear and we know why now. Watching him walk towards
them we see Bolton being a massive man standing at about
Aw crap. I wasn’t doing anything.
Another teenager is putting something away in his pocket and
Bolton reacts by punching him and beating up the other two
teenagers. Montoya simply watches, memorizing what she sees.
She knows in a town like this if she wants to try and make
the police force clean she has to have all the facts before
(In her head) He knows how to pick
on weaker people and fight. Don’t
do a damn thing, be sure of your
facts before you bring down another
cop. Just watch him and memorize
everything he does for future
Bolton tosses Lee in a dumpster and watches the other two
cower on the ground in pain. He walks back to the car
satisfied with his "work".
What the hell was that about?
The kid was carrying this on him.
He tosses her what appears to be a pocketknife. Montoya
examines it and opens it. She turns to him revealing that it
isn’t a pocketknife at all.
It’s a comb.
(smiling confidently) Can’t be too
careful these days.
Montoya begins driving again.
So have you met the commissioner
Yeah, interesting guy.
Great guy! And believe me he’ll
treat you right if you treat him
right. He knows how to run a police
Too many people complain about this
place. But LA’s not as bad as it
looks. Especially if you’re a cop.
We got it made.
Where exactly are we going?
You’ll see. I have to meet with
an... informant of mine.
Montoya keeps her eyes on the road. She knows the corruption
in the police force has a strong presence and that they’ve
done work with the Tong mafia. She wants to be able to clean
up the force but knows it would be close to impossible to do
it alone. But she needs to be patient and get all her facts
right to make sure that if she confronts the problem, they’d
have no way to get out of it. She knows that it isn’t fair
to the people here, especially in Chinatown. She knows what
it is like being from a family of immigrants, living in an
overcrowded home and seeing family work too many hours for
barely any pay.
They arrive at their destination, a back alley in the heart
of Chinatown. A member of the Tong Chinese mafia, Lou Zhao,
stands outside the back of a building. Bolton makes his way
out of the car and begins to walk towards Zhao to speak with
EXT. CHINATOWN ALLEY OUTSIDE
Mr. Bolton, you’re late.
My partner (he points at the car),
she drives pretty slow around this
part of town.
(Zhao looks at the car)I hope you
can still be trusted. Driving slow
in Chinatown is never a good idea,
especially for the police.
Listen you keep paying the way you
do and you’ll never have a problem
with us. Montoya knows not to try
and play hero in a town like this.
For your sake I hope...
An immigrant worker suddenly bursts through the door of the
building revealing a sweat shop. As she tries to escape two
Tong members Zhao pulls out a gun and shoots her without
(While looking at the workers in
the building he speaks in Chinese)
Get back to work!
The sweat shop workers all suddenly start to get back to
work with much more urgency.
(Looking at the two tong members
who were chasing the woman) Clean
You know, you should probably
invest in a silencer.
The only thing silent in Chinatown
is them. (he points at the workers
in the sweat shop) Now I believe we
had business to take care of. (He
hands Bolton a large paper bag of
As Montoya sees what just happened, we see one tear falling
from her eye. This isn’t the first time something like this
has happened and she knows it. She’s gotten so used to the
crime that she finds it pointless to get out and confront
the tong members. As she looks ahead she sees a mother and
child who were walking by who stop to look at Montoya
expecting her to do something. Since she can’t do anything
about it the mother looks at her disappointed. They keep
walking, just another day in Chinatown. She pulls her blue
rosary and says a quick prayer in Spanish. Bolton is now
walking to get back in the car.
Keep prayin’ maybe some day it’ll
God usually works through people,
but so does the devil.
(laughing at her) Don’t suppose you
want a cut then? (reveals to her
the bag full of money)
Montoya turns to look at the road and start the car.
Just thought I’d offer. Who knows,
maybe you’ll get wise one of these
There’s nothing wise about what you
Yeah but you know what? You not
taking a cut, well it makes us get
nervous. You might just decide to
(Irritated) I’m no rat! (calmer
now) In a town this bad, who’s
there to rat to anyway.
(persuasively) You know, I could
have it so you get a piece of the
No. I don’t get it Bolton. Why?
What’s not to get? They get left
alone and we get rich.
Does an oath mean anything to you?
Rookie, you got a lot to learn
about the cops in this town.
Montoya continues to drive. She does have a lot to learn
about the cops in this town.