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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

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 Kyôko Inoue ... Herself (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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The true story of Asia's most famous boxer. See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$199, 21 September 2008
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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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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

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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Connections

Featured in SexTV: Nong Toom/Allyson Mitchell/The Big Bang (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl I Knew
music by Bruno Brugnano
lyrics by Nitipong Hornak
Performed by Asanee Chotikul
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Sensitively handled story of paradoxes...
24 February 2005 | by ilpintlSee all my reviews

Based on the true story of a famous Thai transsexual, Nong Toom, this film is about a championship kick-boxer, who excels in the ultra-macho martial art, purely to raise money to finance his sex-change. While it could have been truly lurid and tasteless, the film has been handled with great seriousness and sympathy, with an excellent performance from a non-actor, real life kick-boxer Asanee Suwan, in the central role. This film brings to mind the similarly sensitively handled "Ma Vie En Rose", the Belgian film from a few years ago. Confused gender identity has been examined in several recent films, but what takes one aback is the testosterone-fueled back-drop against which this story unfolds. The gentle Nong Toom is derided and teased mercilessly for his effeminacy, but it's only when he realizes the one way by he can achieve his female body is via the kick-boxing championship prize money, that he becomes motivated and focused on this unlikely (for him) sport. Thai films are coming of age and the new crop of films and directors do not shy away from uncomfortable issues or controversial topics.


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