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The Iron Ladies (2000)
"Satree lek" (original title)

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A triumph over adversity. Based on the true story of the 1996 Thailand National Champion Volleyball Team.

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Cast overview:
Jesdaporn Pholdee ...
Chai
Sahaphap Tor ...
Mon
Ekachai Buranapanit ...
Wit
Giorgio Maiocchi ...
Nong
Chaichan Nimpulsawasdi ...
Jung
Kokkorn Benjathikoon ...
Pia
Shiriohana Hongsopon ...
Coach
Phomsit Sitthijamroenkhun ...
April
Sutthipong Sitthijamroenkhun ...
May
Anucha Chatkaew ...
June
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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 Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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4 March 2000 (Thailand)  »

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$6,747 (USA) (7 September 2001)

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$110,825 (USA) (15 February 2002)
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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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Nong: Remember, girls, as soon as there's a break, bring me my foundation!
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Pratooteepidtai
Lyrics by Mr. Siritana Hongsopon
Composer/Arranger Mr. Karanai Kijpramote, Mr. Romwong Srichalyan
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Absolute hilarity reigns in this fantastic film
24 July 2003 | by (London, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

What more can you ask for in a movie than campy characters, memorable performances, a happy ending and non-stop laughter? The Iron Ladies truly delivers on all accounts.

The true story of a Thai volleyball team made up mostly of gay men, drag queens and transgendered women ("katoueys") that wins the men's national championship, The Iron Ladies is sassy, funny and extraordinary.

Cross-dressing Jung (Chaicharn Nimpulsawasdi), make-up loving soldier Nong (Giorgio Maiocchi) and transsexual cabaret star Pia (Kokkorn Benjathikoon) are the standouts in this hilarious cast of characters who unite together to overcome the adversity they face on a daily basis, and take Thailand by storm. Shiriohana Hongsopon gives probably the best performance as Coach Bee, the glue that holds the often hot-tempered and always effervescent team together.

As we see the Iron Ladies through to the national finals, all the characters receive a touch of humanity from each other, and rally together to reach the top. This hilarious romp will keep you laughing, and it will definitely be a film you will never forget! For it's fantastic script, three stars...the amazing acting, one more star...and because it's a movie you'll want to see again and again, one more. 5 stars out of 5!


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