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 date
  • 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,[2] 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."[3]

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

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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. ^ 变性拳王欲参加中泰拳赛夺一分 中方恐拒绝 (in Chinese)
  3. ^ "Beautiful Boxer (2005)". Retrieved 8 December 2018.

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