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Beautiful Boxer (2004)

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

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Ekachai Uekrongtham (screenplay by), Desmond Sim (screenplay by)
6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Asanee Suwan ... Nong Toom / Parinya Charoenphol
Sorapong Chatree Sorapong Chatree ... Pi Chart
Orn-Anong Panyawong Orn-Anong Panyawong ... Nong Toom's Mother
Nukkid Boonthong Nukkid Boonthong ... Nong Toom's Father
Sitiporn Niyom Sitiporn Niyom ... Nat
Somsak Tuangmkuda Somsak Tuangmkuda ... Pi Moo (as Somsak Tuangmuka)
Kyôko Inoue ... Self (Female Wrestler) (as Kyoko Inoue)
Keagan Kang ... Jack (the Reporter)
Yuka Hyodo Yuka Hyodo ... Japanese fan (as Hyouda Yuka)
Tanyabuth Songsakul Tanyabuth Songsakul ... Tam
Sarawuth Tangchit Sarawuth Tangchit ... Young Toom
Natee Pongsopol Natee Pongsopol ... Novice Monk Toom
Nattama Narkpo Nattama Narkpo ... Pi Nam
Chayaporn Tometh Chayaporn Tometh ... Pi Nid
Panuwath Kongsamuth Panuwath Kongsamuth ... Jate
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Storyline

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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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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 »

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

Referenced in Drag Race Thailand: Beloved Thai Movies (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

A Man in My Dreams
lyrics and music by Wichen Kamchareon
Performed by Pumpong Duangchan and Parinya Chareonpol
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User Reviews

 
Great Film
14 March 2006 | by msheralySee 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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Country:

Thailand

Language:

Thai | English | Japanese

Release Date:

29 April 2004 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

A Luta Pela Beleza See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,713, 23 January 2005

Gross USA:

$133,920

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$638,317
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Company Credits

Production Co:

GMM Pictures Co. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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