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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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Based on the true story of a remarkable champion. See more »

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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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Trivia

After the sex change op, Nong Toom is currently working as an actress-cum-model based in Bangkok. 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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References K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) See more »

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A Man in My Dreams
lyrics and music by Wichen Kamchareon
Performed by Pumpong Duangchan and Parinya Chareonpol
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Great Film
14 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought it was a very touching and powerful movie. Parinya Toom showed a lot of courage and heart and stood up for what she wanted to do and believed in herself. I thought a lot more people were understanding in the choice she made and showed that the Thai culture is very understanding. I felt sorry for her, however, when she fought the Japanese professional wrestler because it seemed like more of publicity stunt than a real fight which I think hurt her reputation with the people.

Overall I thought it was a great film and really shows that you can follow through with anything you want to.


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