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.
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Asanee Suwan
as Nong Toom/Parinaya Charoenphol
Sorapong Chatree
as Pi Chart
Orn-Anong Panyawong
as Nong Toom's Mother
Nukkid Boonthong
as Nong Toom's Father
Kyoko Inoue
as Herself
Keagan Kang
as Reporter Jack
Yuka Hyodo
as Japanese Fan
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful Boxer

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (14)

The cinematography tends toward cramped framing and busy composition but opens up nicely for the exciting fight sequences.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film earns points for avoiding buffoonery, but it plods along with few surprises or emotional flash points.

Full Review… | September 15, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 21, 2005
Dallas Morning News
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You can't help but root for Asanee's troubled character, in and out of the ring.

February 25, 2005
New York Post
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Though a bit long and occasionally awkward, this drama ultimately does justice to its inspiration.

Full Review… | February 25, 2005
New York Daily News
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A rare hybrid: an underdog sports picture that's also a transgender fairy tale.

Full Review… | February 24, 2005
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Beautiful Boxer

Objectively I'd say this was a very good movie, but I just find that the movie is excessively sentimental and the acting can be downright awful at times. The problem is the movie, from beginning to end, is very sentimental. And that's just not something that I find to be good storytelling. In the end, though, I think this is a story that deserves to be told but not in this manner. The movie's cinematography also isn't particularly good but that's the least of my issues. The acting is hit and miss, there's some scenes, mostly involving the kids, that are simply embarrassing. I think the movie does a good job at presenting Nong Toom as a very likable character that you can sort of root for and his search for what he truly wants in his life. The fighting scenes are decent but they are a little repetitive. So's got a good story but its sentimentality and poor acting keep it from being much more than it could be.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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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.

Ina S
Ina S

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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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