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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
A poignant mix of testosterone and estrogen charged struggles within oneself..
I had the good fortune to catch the movie in my country Singapore, where the local audience has been warming up to Thai movies in recent months, no less thanks to other Thai movies in the same league that has made an impact here
notably "Ong Bak" and "Fan Chan".
While Beautiful Boxer marks theatre director Ekachai Uekrongtham's directorial debut in the cinematic stage(previously best known for his Chang & Eng musical), it certainly packs a poignant & powerful punch with a deftly artistic element that will pave the way for his future movies to come.
Actor Asanee Suwan does a fine job as reel-life Nong Toom struggling to make enough money as a thai kick boxer to undergo the knife in his dream to become a real woman. The director treats his audience to a refreshing array of kick boxing stunts coupled with his artistic creativity that makes the action and poignant scenes commendable and touching. The inner struggles faced by Nong Toom as he battle the collision of testosterone and estrogen within his body and soul delivers the true essence and spirit of the movie that makes watching it an uplifting experience. The close relationship and love he gets from his endearing mother soothes his inner pain and cushion the degree of sympathy showered on his potrayal as a pitiful character.
Some of us can probably resonate with his pain and inner conflicts as there are often setbacks that leaves us "emotionally crippled". The reflective scenes with plenty of natural scenary could, however, been better choreographed with more grace to create a more sombre mood. Above all, Asanee potrays the character with tremendous aplomb and steely will, and was duly rewarded with a 2004 Thai Suppanahongsa Best Actor Award.
As my tagline suggests, its rare to see such a testosterone and estrogen charged movie within the same character A commendable effort that will turn the spotlight on finer Thai movies to come. 4 stars out of 5. - Tukta's Sarmee
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