Beautiful Boxer

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Beautiful Boxer
Promotional release poster
Directed byEkachai Uekrongtham
Written byDesmond Sim
Ekachai Uekrongtham
Produced byEkachai Uekrongtham
StarringAsanee Suwan
Sorapong Chatree
CinematographyChoochart Nantitanyatada
Music byAmornbhong Methakunavudh
Distributed byGMM Pictures[1]
Regent Releasing (US)
TLA Releasing
Release dates
  • November 28, 2003 (2003-11-28) (Thailand)
  • February 7, 2004 (2004-02-07) (Berlin)
Running time
118 minutes

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.k.a. Nong Toom), a famous kathoey, Muay Thai fighter, actress and model. Charoenphol was portrayed by male kickboxer Asanee Suwan.[2][3]


  • Asanee Suwan as Nong Toom / 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."[4]

There was controversy in Thailand about the full frontal nudity in this film. For the Thai release, the nudity was cut.

The movie was highlighted in the book Movies and Mental Illness: Using Films to Understand Psychopathology as a example of films focusing on Gender Dysphoria.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Wong, Silvia (29 January 2007). "Thai director turns on Chinese-language Pleasure Factory". Screen. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  2. ^ Mary J. Ainslie, Katarzyna Ancuta (2018). Thai Cinema: The Complete Guide. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781838609252. Beautiful Boxer[...]This 2003 biopic based on the life of famed transgender Muay Thai champion, Parinya Charoenphol or "Nong Toom" (played by Asanee Suwan)...
  3. ^ 变性拳王欲参加中泰拳赛夺一分 中方恐拒绝 (in Chinese)
  4. ^ "Beautiful Boxer (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  5. ^ Danny Wedding, Ryan M Niemiec (2014). Movies and Mental Illness: Using Films to Understand Psychopathology. Hogrefe Publishing GmbH. ISBN 9781613344613.

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