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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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He fights like a man so he can become a woman See more »


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29 April 2004 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

A Luta Pela Beleza  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,713, 23 January 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$199, 21 September 2008
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Asanee Suwan placed his real-life kickboxing career in jeopardy to appear in the film. His bosses - the owners of the gym he fought for - feared that acting wouldn't allow him to fight or train, and gave him an ultimatum to either do the movie or stay with the gym. However, they ended up retaining him despite his commitment to the film. See more »

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Jack: But I still don't understand how your parents can be so... accepting... of the fact that you wanna be a girl.
Nong Toom: They know it's my karma. I did bad thing in past life, so I had to suffer in this life.
Jack: Where did you learn that from?
Nong Toom: In the temple, when I was monk.
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References K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) See more »

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Who's the Man Here?
lyrics by Si Pah
music by Bruno Brugnano
Performed by Mai Chareonpura
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Inspiring
11 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent story of determination, focusing on a goal and remaining true to yourself. Inspiring for anyone who has a dream that may seem impossible to reach.

Superb acting from Asanee Suwan (he'll become an international star) and the rest of the cast, plus some breathtaking cinematography in the Northern Thai countryside. The script shows a compassion and understanding for the story, this is not exploitive and it is the easy ability to relate to the character that makes the themes universal.

I am eager to see more from director Ekachai Uekrongtham. His blend of realism and symbolism makes for a poetic visual literature.

The English subtitles on the Hong Kong DVD are fluent and well written. No broken English like you sometimes find on imported DVDs.


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