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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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29 April 2004 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

A Luta Pela Beleza  »

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$16,398 (Hong Kong) (10 September 2004)

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$199 (USA) (21 September 2008)
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Director Ekachai Uekrongtham encouraged Asanee Suwan against playing the lead role as a stereotype, telling him "When you play Nong Toom, you have to believe you are a woman, not a ladyboy. If you think to yourself that you're playing a ladyboy, your body language will be flamboyant, over the top. But if you approach it as if you're playing a woman, you will be natural. Your acting will be sincere." 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

References K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) 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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Sensitively handled story of paradoxes...
24 February 2005 | by See 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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