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Based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol, a Muaythai boxer who underwent a sex change operation to become a woman. The movie chronicles her life from a young boy who likes to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Asanee Suwan ...
Nong Toom / Parinaya Charoemphol
Sorapong Chatree ...
Pi Chart
Orn-Anong Panyawong ...
Nong Toom's mother
Nukkid Boonthong ...
Nong Toom's father
Sitiporn Niyom ...
Nat
Kyôko Inoue ...
Herself (Female Wrestler) (as Kyoko Inoue)
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Jack (the Reporter)
Yuka Hyodo ...
Japanese fan
Somsak Tuangmkuda ...
Pi Moo
Tanyabuth Songsakul ...
Tam
Sarawuth Tangchit ...
Nong Toom
Natee Pongsopol ...
Nong Toom
Samnuan Sangpali ...
Anaconda
Natawuth Singlek ...
Ramba
Pat Sasipragym ...
Hercules
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Based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol, a Muaythai boxer who underwent a sex change operation to become a woman. The movie chronicles her life from a young boy who likes to wear lipstick and wear flowers to her sensational career as kickboxer whose specialty is ancient Muaythai boxing moves which she can execute expertly with grace and finally her confrontation with her own sexual identity which led to her sex change op. Written by theunraveler

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Born in a boy's body, believeing he has a girl's heart. See more »

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$8,713 (USA) (21 January 2005)

Gross:

$199 (USA) (19 September 2008)
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A poignant and touching film for all
21 February 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I rarely see films twice, but Beautiful Boxer continues to be a remarkably evocative film even on a second viewing. I saw it last summer at Outfest, and took several friends to see it this weekend, because I knew that they wouldn't see it on their own. It was a third choice film when I first saw it at the festival. I'm not a fan of boxing, and have seen my share of documentaries on the transsexual experience, so I was not particularly interested. Since I hadn't seen a Thai film, I decided to go. What a gratifying surprise the film turned out to be! Beautiful Boxer transcends time, culture, ethnicity, and gender identity to illuminate the humanity of the characters. Asanee Suwan the lead actor who plays Nong Toom is amazing. At the first viewing I thought that there was a very similar looking stunt double who did the fight scenes. Yet in the post film discussion with the Director Ekachai Uekrongtham we learned that the Asanee is an actual Muay Thai professional boxer. This was his first acting role. That makes his performance even more remarkable. He communicates the full range of Toom's being, seamlessly integrating the feminine and masculine dimensions of his/her personality.

In Iron Ladies and in other trans-gender themed films, the transvestites are usually in your face, over the top characters. The gender themes are either campy and/or played for laughs. Beautiful Boxer on the other hand conveys the inner life of the Toom's struggle to assert her identity. I was very moved by Toom's dignity, steadfast courage, and perseverance in coming to terms with who she is. The film is poignant and ultimately inspiring. Yet it is also very entertaining. The film provides a window into Muay Thai boxing, both its beauty and violence, the socio-economic conditions in Thailand, and aspects of Thai culture. It was a most rewarding experience. BTW my friends agreed. GO SEE IT!


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