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Bio-pic of transgender Muay Thai boxer Parinya Charoenphol who pursued the sport to pay for his sex change operation.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Asanee Suwan ...
Nong Toom / Parinya Charoenphol
Sorapong Chatree ...
Pi Chart
Orn-Anong Panyawong ...
Nong Toom's Mother
Nukkid Boonthong ...
Nong Toom's Father
Sitiporn Niyom ...
Nat
Somsak Tuangmkuda ...
Pi Moo (as Somsak Tuangmuka)
Kyôko Inoue ...
Herself (Female Wrestler) (as Kyoko Inoue)
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Jack (the Reporter)
Yuka Hyodo ...
Japanese fan (as Hyouda Yuka)
Tanyabuth Songsakul ...
Tam
Sarawuth Tangchit ...
Young Toom
Natee Pongsopol ...
Novice Monk Toom
Nattama Narkpo ...
Pi Nam
Chayaporn Tometh ...
Pi Nid
Panuwath Kongsamuth ...
Jate
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Based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol, a Muay Thai 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 flowers to her sensational career as a kickboxer - whose specialty is ancient Muay Thai boxing (moves which she can execute expertly with grace) - to finally confronting her own sexual identity, which leads to her sex change op. Written by theunraveler

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The true story of Asia's most famous boxer. See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

29 April 2004 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

Biutiful Boksoe  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$199 (USA) (19 September 2008)
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Based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol See more »

Quotes

Nong Toom: It seems like the more makeup I put on, the harder my opponents kick me, so I kick them back harder.
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Featured in SexTV: Nong Toom/Allyson Mitchell/The Big Bang (2004) See more »

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The Girl I Knew
music by Bruno Brugnano
lyrics by Nitipong Hornak
Performed by Asanee Chotikul
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saw movie in Anthropology 104 class
15 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently watched this movie in my Anthropology class. I honestly had no idea what it was going to be about. My first assumption, was that the boxer was a beautiful person and that he turned thai boxing into an art rather than "a violent sport." Than after it was over, I thought it was a great movie. It was even better because it made in Thailand and gave a realistic take on Thai culture. I don't know how accepting people would be here in the United States with a transsexual boxer fighting in makeup. But then again we have the WWE who have an array of different types of characters, so then again it just might be okay. I really enjoyed how he was fighting to help support his family back home and not just for fame and glory. I definitely would recommend this film.

Sylvia Torres Milwaukee, WI


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