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Tri-lingual tryst ‘Patong Girl’ premiers this month

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PHUKET: A young German lad falls in love with the mysterious, native beauty Fai while on holiday in Thailand with his family. He follows his heart, but things get complicated… That’s the synopsis of Patong Girl, the latest tri-lingual movie co-produced by Thailand-based moviemaker Tom Waller.

Set for release in Phuket on April 18 at SF Cinema at Jungceylon, Patong Girl is a modern-day romance set in Phuket, with a German and Thai cast.

Mr Waller has produced or co-produced about 14 films in Thailand. All were partially or mainly set in the Kingdom, including the hit romantic drama Butterfly Man, which received rave reviews after its release in 2002, enthralling audiences until the very end.

He has also recently worked on the Hollywood movie Mechanic Resurrection, starring Jason Statham, Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones, which was filmed partially in and around Phuket and is set for release in August.

In an exclusive interview with the Phuket Gazette, Mr Waller said Patong Girl is another romance set in an exotic location, but the similarities with Butterfly Man end there.

“Fai doesn’t betray the protagonist. Things get more ‘complicated’ for this couple as the truth is unraveled,” he said.

Patong Girl was financed mainly by ZDF television and a number of German regional funds, so the budget was not huge, and the production team was quite small,” said Mr Waller, who worked with German producers Andrea Ufer and Gunter Hanfgarn.

“The film is primarily in German and English, with some Thai, of course, when the locals speak among themselves. We are showing it in cinemas with both English and Thai subtitles,” said Mr Waller.

Phuketians who are familiar with Patong may wonder where some of the scenes were filmed. Many of them were actually shot in Pattaya due to budget restraints, admitted Mr Waller. However, the talented international cast give a very intense and realistic performance, he said.

“Aisawanya Areyawattana (Amp), the Thai actress who plays Fai in Patong Girl, gives a very credible performance, and all the German cast are extremely convincing as a German family on holiday for the first time in Thailand,” said Mr Waller.

— Nick Davies



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Sattahip drug addict arrested and jailed after threatening wife and children

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PHOTO: Pattaya Mail

Sattahip police have arrested a person with drug problems who allegedly threatened to kill his wife and two children. 39 year old Jarat Injom was found hiding in the bedroom of his Moo 4 village house where he had barricaded himself after 34 year old wife Sangwein Prasannet called police.

The wife told authorities she’d been married to Jarat for eight years and they had two children, aged 5 and 8. But for the past two years he has been addicted to crystal methamphetamine (ice).

She told police that he often acted crazy and aggressive but she had never sought help in the past. But today he threatened both her and her children with a knife, so she called police.

The man has been arrested and is currently in detention pending further legal proceedings.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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Indian and Pakistani rob foreigner on road trip to Pattaya

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The Immigration Police have arrested a pair of foreign criminals after robbing a fellow foreigner on a road trip to Pattaya from Bangkok. The two men made friendly contacts with their victims before arranging to meet and robbing them.

Mohammad, a man from Pakistan, and Kuldip, a man from India, have been charged with robbery. In this case the victim was another Indian who wanted to work in Thailand.

The traveller from India asked for help on a Facebook Page called Tesco Man Power PVT Ltd Thailand. This page aims to assist Indian citizens in Thailand and is a go-to blog for Indians working, retired or looking to work in Thailand.

The victim was contacted by the 2 suspects who made friendly overtures. After talking online for a while the man decided to travel to Thailand on June 25. The three met on Sukhumvit Road and agreed to travel together to Pattaya.

Things started turning sour during the road-trip. The suspects forced the victim to hand over his phone, and cash worth 100,000 baht. After they robbed him, they threw his luggage and passport out the car window before kicking him out of the car. The suspects then drove away leaving the man stranded in Nong Nan sub-district in Chachoengsao Province, basically the middle of nowhere.

Immigration Police contacted the Nong Nan Police to help investigate the case after the victim came in and reported what had happened to him. They eventually arrested Mohammad in a village in Samut Prakarn, south of Bangkok.

After arresting Mohammad, he told police more information that led to the arrest of Kuldip at a condo at Lad Krabang, Bangkok.

The pair will be prosecuted and deported back to their countries. Police suspect that the current victim wasn’t their first victim falling for the same plan and ending up stranded somewhere between Bangkok and Pattaya.

SOURCE: INN News

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Pattaya bar owner arrested on human trafficking and prostitution charges

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ORIGINAL PHOTO: INN News

A bar owner in Pattaya has been arrested on Saturday whilst on the run from police trying to arrest her over a string of human-trafficking and prostitution charges.

The Anti-Human Trafficking Division eventually arrested the 31 year old Pattaya bar owner, also known as ‘Sudarat’, ‘Om Leelabut’, and ‘Nanthachai’.

Sudarat had an arrest warrant out in her name relating to human trafficking, seeking people persons to work as prostitutes, engaging underage persons between the ages of 15-18 to work work as prostitutes.

INN News reports that Sudarat also had charges waiting for her after owning a bar that “supports prostitution”, including the sale of sexual services by persons over 15 years old but not exceeding 18 years old. In 2013 Sudarat and her foreign husband invested in a bar named “Sad Bar” which was providing prostitution services.

Police set up a sting by offering the “sale” of a person under 18 years old. But Sudarat evaded capture and continued hiding in the region. Sudarat was eventually arrested in a Chonburi restaurant and delivered to the Pattaya Police Station for formal charging.

SOURCE: INN News

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