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Beautiful Boxer (2004)

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

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


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29 April 2004 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

A Luta Pela Beleza  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$16,398 (Hong Kong) (10 September 2004)

Gross:

$199 (USA) (19 September 2008)
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1.85 : 1
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After the sex change op, Nong Toom is currently working as an actress-cum-model based in Bangkok. See more »

Quotes

[Nong kisses a defeated, dazed and barely conscious opponent]
Nong Toom: The crowd love it whenever I did that, especially the reporters, but they don't know that I kiss to say, "I'm sorry, I don't like to hurt strangers, but in the ring you have no choice."
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Connections

References K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Chlang Mai Girl
lyrics and music by Charan Manopetch
Performed by Asanee Suwan, Sutaree Wechanon and Da Jim
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Beautiful boxer
13 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beautiful Boxer a coming of age story about a man who wants to be female. In order to earn a living and save enough money, he starts to kick box on a dare at a temple festival. As time goes on, it shows how he is finally accepted by his group of friends who are also boxers. Yes, there were several missteps by his friends, but overall they accepted him for he is, and who they wanted him to be.

It is refreshing to see a third gender represented in another culture, without the shame and stigma attached to it. In this culture we are so obsessed with being perfect and correct that we sometimes alienate ourselves from our friends and families.

Jules


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