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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)
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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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Born in a boy's body, believeing he has a girl's heart. 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

Gross USA:

$199
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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

[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

Featured in SexTV: Nong Toom/Allyson Mitchell/The Big Bang (2004) 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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Great movie!
16 March 2006 | by klgrahamSee all my reviews

I almost did not believe that this was a true story. I didn't know that this movie would go into that much detail about Toom. The movie followed him from a small boy to full grown man or should I say woman. Also, I did not know that Thai boxing was losing its appeal to the Thailand audience. Now Thai boxing is back in full swing worldwide thanks to Toom. It was very interesting to go into rural and urban Thailand to see the vast difference between the two. I was required to view this movie as part of my class, but in all reality it proved to be one I will remember. Just an overall good movie. This movie has both action for the guys and beauty for the girls so this one might even be a good date movie. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see the REAL Thailand the country, the people, and the culture or simply a tearjerker that packs a punch.


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