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Same Same But Different
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Directed byDetlev Buck
Produced byClaus Boje
Written byRuth Thoma
Michael Ostrowski
Detlev Buck
StarringDavid Kross
Apinya Sakuljaroensuk
Stefan Konarske
Michael Ostrowski
Wanda Badwall
Music byKonstantin Gropper
Distributed byDelphi Filmverleih
Release date
  • 13 August 2009 (2009-08-13) (Locarno)
  • 21 January 2010 (2010-01-21) (Germany)
Running time
106 minutes

Same Same But Different is a 2009 German film, a love story starring David Kross and Apinya Sakuljaroensuk. It was directed by Detlev Buck. The script follows Benjamin Prüfer's 2006 autobiographical magazine article,[1] later published as a novel in 2007.

The title of Same Same But Different is indeed an Asian-English phrase, mainly used in Thailand, although the film is set in Cambodia.[2]

The film first premiered at the 62nd Locarno International Film Festival on 13 August 2009.


Benjamin (David Kross), a German high school student, is a backpacker on his first major tour. In a nightclub in Phnom Penh, he meets a young local girl, Sreykeo (played by Apinya Sakuljaroensuk), and rapidly falls in love with her. Ben opts for this love, even though Sreykeo turns out to be HIV positive and seems to be a prostitute. It is based on the true story of Sreykeo Sorvan and Benjamin Prüfer.[3]



Same Same But Different was shown at the 62nd Locarno International Film Festival[4] on 13 August 2009; and entered in the festival competition, the "Variety Piazza Grande Award". This award is conferred by critics from the American entertainment magazine Variety to films that it considers have artistic qualities and international evaluation opportunities.


  1. ^ Until death takes her from me, Article at, dated 31 Aug 2009 [in German]
  2. ^ Same Same But Different Archived 2010-01-21 at the Wayback Machine, Article at, dated 31 Aug 2009 [in German]
  3. ^ Official Plot Archived 2010-01-07 at the Wayback Machine on
  4. ^ Releases Information on, dated 31 Aug 2009

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