Beautiful Boxer (2005)
Average Rating: 6.7/10
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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
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Average Rating: 3.9/5
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Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transgender kickboxer, Beautiful Boxer is a poignant action drama that punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man so he can become a woman. Believing he's a girl trapped in a boy's body since childhood, Parinya Charoenphol sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Thai boxing to earn a living and to achieve his ultimate goal of total femininity. Touching, funny and packed with breathtaking Thai kickboxing
Feb 18, 2005 Limited
Aug 9, 2005
Regent Releasing - Official Site
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The cinematography tends toward cramped framing and busy composition but opens up nicely for the exciting fight sequences.
Manages to take a story that Jerry Springer would love and turn it into a sober and sensitive character study about identity and self-determination.
You can't help but root for Asanee's troubled character, in and out of the ring.
Though a bit long and occasionally awkward, this drama ultimately does justice to its inspiration.
A rare hybrid: an underdog sports picture that's also a transgender fairy tale.
An inspiring drama which, despite its uneven nature, still manages to pack a punch.
A rather sensitive and sweet biopic about a someone who believes he's unfairly trapped in a man's body, a body he can use to whale the tar out of his opponents.
Made without much finesse and tends to lumber rather than soar, but still possesses a sweetness that's rather disarming.
Star Asanee Suwan is tenderly moving as Toom, showing his struggle to find internal peace as he fights savagely to get it.
At almost two hours, the film might have benefited from some tightening, but that's a minor complaint.
A basically lighthearted, sprightly film about this most singular of real-life characters.
Heartfelt and spectacularly conceived, especially the exciting fight sequences and gorgeous production design.
... is a magical vision of the ring of the imagination, where anything is possible if the top of the seemingly impossible staircase of self acceptance can be reached.
Though the plot itself is a little too familiar in structure -- triumph over adversity, yadda, yadda, yadda -- it's heartfelt and true and never sacrifices its characters on the altar of gimmickry.
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