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The Iron Ladies (2000)

Satree lek (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 4 March 2000 (Thailand)
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A triumph over adversity. Based on the true story of the 1996 Thailand National Champion Volleyball Team.
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Cast overview:
Jesdaporn Pholdee Jesdaporn Pholdee ... Chai
Sahaphap Tor Sahaphap Tor ... Mon
Ekachai Buranapanit Ekachai Buranapanit ... Wit
Giorgio Maiocchi Giorgio Maiocchi ... Nong
Chaichan Nimpulsawasdi Chaichan Nimpulsawasdi ... Jung
Kokkorn Benjathikoon Kokkorn Benjathikoon ... Pia
Shiriohana Hongsopon Shiriohana Hongsopon ... Coach
Phomsit Sitthijamroenkhun Phomsit Sitthijamroenkhun ... April
Sutthipong Sitthijamroenkhun Sutthipong Sitthijamroenkhun ... May
Anucha Chatkaew Anucha Chatkaew ... June


The Iron Ladies tells the true story of a Thai male volleyball team that competes in the national championships in 1996 with a team consisting mostly of gays, transvestites and transsexuals. Mon, who becomes the team leader, was a very talented player who constantly failed to be selected for various teams because he was gay. Jung, Mon's best friend, also experienced the same treatment but was always more optimistic about things. Their chance comes when Coach Bee is selected to put together a winning team, and she announces that the team will be open for all to tryout. But when the coach selects both Jung and Mon to be on the team, some of the more macho players resign in protest. In order to form a team, the coach asks Mon to find a few of his friends to join the team. They select Nong, a gay sergeant in the army; Pia, the transsexual star of a cabaret show; and Wit, whose parents don't know that their only son is gay. Written by Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Sport


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Based on the true story of the 1996 Thailand National Champion Volleyball team, which was made up of gay male team members, transvestite team members, and one transsexual (male to female) team member. See more »


Nong: Remember, girls, as soon as there's a break, bring me my foundation!
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


Lyrics by Mr. Siritana Hongsopon
Composer/Arranger Mr. Karanai Kijpramote, Mr. Romwong Srichalyan
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"Against All Odds," a cross between "Rocky" & "Priscilla, Queen..." prevails!
29 April 2001 | by GMeleJrSee all my reviews

From Thailand, this film (winner of two 2001 Berlin Film Festival "Teddy Awards)" is an outrageous high-camp comedy, which despite its eccentricities, is sure to entertain all audiences, and have a strong positive message for everyone. THE IRON LADIES (English title) celebrates the true 1996 triumph of a group of hilarious Thai screaming queens.

Through a series of circumstances, the drag queens, join a new (and female) coach and the sole survivor (and only straight player) of a district volleyball squad to form a new team. Representing its district and now competing at the national level, they are clearly face down at odds. In spite of this and their individual "personal issues," they strive for championships and national recognition, creating an Asian phenomenon on the way.

The film is very Hollywood-slick, but at the same time, very Asian. It is a unique picture of very unconventional sportsmen battling bigotry on and off the court. IRON LADIES breathes new life into both the screwball comedy and the root-for-the underdog sports movie. Not to be missed.

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Thai | English

Release Date:

4 March 2000 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

As Damas de Ferro See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand


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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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