Beautiful Boxer (2005)
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as Nong Toom/Parinaya Charoenphol
as Pi Chart
as Nong Toom's Mother
as Nong Toom's Father
as Reporter Jack
as Japanese Fan
as Pi Moo
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
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 really...it's got a good story but its sentimentality and poor acting keep it from being much more than it could be.
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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