Beautiful Boxer (2005)
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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 sequences, Beautiful Boxer traces Nong Toom's childhood, teenage life as a traveling monk and grueling days in boxing camps. … More
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful Boxer
The cinematography tends toward cramped framing and busy composition but opens up nicely for the exciting fight sequences.
The film earns points for avoiding buffoonery, but it plods along with few surprises or emotional flash points.
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.
Audience Reviews for Beautiful Boxer
Incredible and extraordinary true story of a champion Thai boxer who underwent a sex change operation to become a beautiful woman.
Wonderful true story of a transgender thai boxing champion in search of his own identity. The movie follows the tender boy, who becomes a tough boxing champion, a national hero and then a beautiful woman. Though the editing is absolutely appalling and the low budget shows everywhere the movie still creates an amazing atmosphere and beautiful imagery. The story is told almost lyrically and with great emotional intensity. Very touching and inspiring film about being true to oneself.
Such an amazing story! This movie was touching, but at some inner reflective parts, I did feel like they could have made it shorter. Other than that, the action was great, and the actor portraying Nong Toom was pretty good, considering his day job is being a real Thai boxer.
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