The Iron Ladies tells the true story of a Thai male volleyball team that competes in the national championships in 1996 with a team consisting mostly of gays, transvestites and transsexuals. Mon, who becomes the team leader, was a very talented player who constantly failed to be selected for various teams because he was gay. Jung, Mon's best friend, also experienced the same treatment but was always more optimistic about things. Their chance comes when Coach Bee is selected to put together a winning team, and she announces that the team will be open for all to tryout. But when the coach selects both Jung and Mon to be on the team, some of the more macho players resign in protest. In order to form a team, the coach asks Mon to find a few of his friends to join the team. They select Nong, a gay sergeant in the army; Pia, the transsexual star of a cabaret show; and Wit, whose parents don't know that their only son is gay. Written by
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Based on the true story of the 1996 Thailand National Champion Volleyball team, which was made up of gay male team members, transvestite team members, and one transsexual (male to female) team member. See more »
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So what? Some of the characters are over the top. Some of the actors playing the Iron Ladies might have pushed the stereotype, but quite frankly, I LOVED IT! The movie is entertaining and such a joy to watch, and it's supposed to be stereotypical. If we can't laugh at ourselves and our own not so perfect life, then we'd be rather dull wouldn't we? If I recall my trip to Thailand, where I have encountered trans-gendered, gay, and transsexuals; who live their lives as normally as any of us do, they are very much like how the actors portrayed them in the movie. If this movie misrepresents diversity, then I would beg to differ. Being a gay man myself, and knowing all the obstacles that come with acceptance, the LAST thing I'd want to do is JUDGE something we have no real connection to. I have never put on a dress, have never walked in their shoes. I do play a mean game of volleyball though, and if I were to meet these "Iron Ladies" across the net, I would be honored to play with them as I would any other team. GAME ON! For the Iron Ladies! May the best "man" win.
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