A Stranger in Paradise

Synopsis: On the verge of making partner, Josh Pratt's life is turned upside down when the SEC investigates the head of his multibillion-dollar hedge fund for insider trading. Forced into a well-timed "vacation" he never asked for Josh finds himself in Bangkok with a price on his head, a morally ambiguous brother who is knee deep into the Thai mafia, and a propensity for getting shot at. Unfortunately for Josh, the only way out is to give up information he doesn't know he has.
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Corrado Boccia
Production: Freestyle Releasing
83 min

So, who are you?

They sent me all the way

here to Bangkok...

to be sure the Thai authorities

don't let you walk away from this.

I understand you had

a profitable trip.

There are dead bodies littered all

over the city because of you.

And how about these bank

accounts with all that money?

Bank accounts that you

held the key codes to.

Bank accounts that are now

mysteriously empty.

They have nothing to do with me.

Oh, I think they have

everything to do with you.

I think you know exactly

where the money is.

And when I figure out how you

pulled this whole thing off...

and I will...

You're gonna go away

for a long, long time.

Did I not warn you

it was too much exposure?

Don't they teach you anything

over there at Goldman Sachs?

Okay, so you're right,

I should have listened to you.

Next time, I promise.

Not so fast, I actually want to

hear you say the words, Kris.

But, I...

No, repeat after me...

Josh Pratt.

Josh Pratt.

You are without a doubt, the

smartest, the most brilliant...

the most handsome man

in the world.

You are the smartest, most

egotistical, pompous man I know.

I have no idea what you're

talking about.

Any chance I could tempt

you to switch sides?

Corner office, 1.2 mil,

plus bonus...

you pick your own team.

You know, if you guys are serious about

that, you're gonna have to do better.

I'm about to make partner.

Big fish, small pond.

I like my pond.

I wouldn't switch it

for anywhere in the world.

I gotta go.

I'll see you at 8:00.

Okay, see you.

Busy man.

Hey, did the SEC get what they

needed from Compliance?

Why are they sequestering

trade records?

Because they want to learn how

we're so great at making money.

Which you do so well.

Let me ask you something.

If you could live anywhere in

the world, where would it be?

Paris, maybe?

How come no one ever says

the city they live in?

I suppose the prospect

of change is always exciting.

Well, I'm done for the day

if you want to take off.

Good night.

Good night, Mr. Monkong.

Good night, Elena.

Still here?

Where else would I be?

Listen, don't worry about that

business with the FCC.

Is there something

I need to know about?

I'm sure they're just fishing.

What? Nothing to find...

nothing to worry about.

Seriously, Vicha, I've worked way too hard

to build this business to where it's at.

And I do appreciate your


which is what brings me here.

What? You're making

me nervous.

Relax, Josh, I think it's time you went on

that vacation that you should have a year ago.

Very funny.

I'm serious.

Vicha, we got way

too much work going on.

I need my new partner

well rested.

I've got the whole Asianic...

Did you just say what

I think you just said?

Your new office will be ready

by the time you return.

Congratulations... partner.

Vicha, thank you.

Now, go visit your brother.

You leave tomorrow.

And when you see Paul,

give this to him for me?

It's just a little reminder

of our college days.

Try to enjoy yourself.

Thank you! Thank you.

Business is good?

Yeah, it is.

Lek will be happy to know.


How much?

5,000 bhats.


Paul, it's Josh.


Where the f*** are you? I'm at the

airport, no one is here to meet me.

Sh*t, you're here already?

Look, I'll have someone

there in 30 minutes, okay?

Are you sure you're gonna send

someone? I'm jetlagged as hell.

Yes, I am sending someone.

I can take a taxi, it's fine.

No, no, no, relax, look,

they'll be right there, okay?

Yeah, I need you to pick up

someone at the airport.

Oh, please, by all means,

help yourself.

Is that supposed to impress me?

Lek wants you to come

see him tomorrow.

If it's so important,

he can come see me himself.

When Lek tells you to...

No one tells me what

to do in my club.

You come to my club,

you upset my guests...

and you drink

what you can't afford.

Now you tell Lek, I will

see him when I have time.

Now, where were we?

Josh Pratt?

What about my bag?

Just get on.

Guess I slept through the

"Welcome to Thailand" part.


What the hell are you doing?

Who is that?

Uh... okay.

Slow down.

Yo, what... Jesus!

Okay, there is a street

you can drive on, you know?

Well, that was interesting.

To you, maybe.

So you work for my brother, huh?

- Yup.

- Nice.

I will work for him,

nothing else and nothing more.

Sure. Got it.

You're just like him.


What took you so long?

Very funny.

What happened to you?

Oh, I cut myself shaving.


Look at you. Oh!

It's good to see you, Josh.

Good to see you, too.

Sorry it was so last minute.

Are you kidding me?

My house is your house.

For the pain.

Thank you.

Yeah, I don't think

it's big enough.

Yeah, make yourself at home.

Take off your jacket.

I like your pajamas, by the way.


Oh, how you doing? Josh.

I heard a lot about you.

It's a good night tonight.

Derek's my...


Since when do you need

a bodyguard?

Long story.

Let's talk about your brother.

Now my resources say he's been wrapped up

with the Jao Poh for several years now.

Now how much contact have you

had with him prior to this?

I haven't seen my brother

in about five years.

We talk on the phone now and

then, I knew about his club.

I knew he was doing well,

but that's about it.

I was busy trying to make

it at work...

and I didn't talk to him as much

as I would have liked to.


Look, whether he was involved

with anything in the...

Now whether or not we can

connect Paul to the Jao Poh...

we know for a fact he had a

relationship with Virote...

who just happens to be the most powerful

boss in the whole damn Thai mafia.

She's my daughter.

Yeah, yeah, yeah,

so what's all this SEC business?

Oh, I'll tell you

all about it tomorrow.

Exhausted for right now.

Yeah, of course.

Here's to my baby bro.



Sawadee ka, Paul,

the ladies are here.

Sawadee ka,

please come in, sit down.

Paul, what's this?

It's a welcome distraction.

You're in Bangkok,

have some fun.

When was the last time

you got laid?

That divorce wasn't cheap.

Don't remind me.

Mm, well that

was three years ago.

Why do you always

have to bring this up?

Hey, we're all travelers

on the road to probation.

Might as well do it with a couple

of hookers and an eight ball.



Hey, Jules, come have

a drink with us.

We have enough company already.

We were followed tonight.

By who?

I don't know,

it was a black SUV.

All right, tomorrow

you stay with Josh.

Okay. What about you?

I got Derek.

Does this have something

to do with Lek?

I'm not sure, but just keep your

eyes open, all right?



Good night.

Good night.

Good night, Jules.

Yeah, okay.

Yeah, I think I'm beginning

to really like Bangkok.

Doesn't take long, huh?

Should have got four.


Where are you,

you dirty bastard?

Anyone you like?

Yeah, your future ex-wife.

You don't look so good.

Problems at home?

We have to talk.

There a problem in New York.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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