Promotional release poster
|Directed by||Ekachai Uekrongtham|
|Produced by||Ekachai Uekrongtham|
|Written by||Desmond Sim|
|Music by||Amornbhong Methakunavudh|
|Distributed by||GMM Pictures|
Regent Releasing (US)
Beautiful Boxer (Thai: บิวตี้ฟูล บ๊อกเซอร์) is a 2003 Thai biographical sports film produced, directed and co-written by Ekachai Uekrongtham. It tells the life story of Parinya Charoenphol, a famous kathoey (trans woman), Muay Thai fighter, actress and model. She was portrayed by male kickboxer Asanee Suwan.
- Asanee Suwan as Parinya Charoenphol
- Sorapong Chatree as Pi Chart
- Orn-Anong Panyawong as Parinya Charoenphol's mother
- Nukkid Boonthong as Parinya Charoenphol's father
- Sitiporn Niyom as Nat
- Kyoko Inoue as herself (female Japanese wrestler)
- Sarawuth Tangchit as Parinya Charoenphol (as a child)
- Keagan Kang as Jack the reporter
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 81% based on 36 critics. The website's critical consensus reads: "Beautiful Boxer blends boxing and identity politics to create a striking, if overdrawn, portrait of self discovery."
There was controversy in Thailand about the full-frontal nudity in this film. For Thailand, the nudity was cut.
Awards and nominations
- Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – Best Feature Film
- Thailand National Film Association Awards – Best Actor (Asanee Suwan), Best Makeup (Kraisorn Sampethchareon)
- San Sebastián International Film Festival – Sebastian Award
- Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival – Best Film
- Outfest – Achievement Award – Outstanding Emerging Talent (Ekachai Uekrongtham)
- Wong, Silvia (29 January 2007). "Thai director turns on Chinese-language Pleasure Factory". Screen. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
- 变性拳王欲参加中泰拳赛夺一分 中方恐拒绝 (in Chinese)
- "Beautiful Boxer (2005)". Retrieved 8 December 2018.
- Heinz Duthel Kathoey Ladyboy: Thailand's Got Talent, p. 293, at Google Books
- Beautiful Boxer
- Official U.S. Site
- Beautiful Boxer on IMDb
- "Ladyboys: The Secret World of Thailand's Third Gender" by Susan Aldous and Pornchai Sereemongkonpol published 2008 by Maverick House Publishers
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