Beautiful Boxer

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Runtime: 1 hour 58 mins
Language: Thai
Genre: Action / Adventure
UK release date: 21/10/2005
Starring: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-Anong Panyawong
Directed by: Ekachai Uekrongtham

Based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol (Nong Toom), a Muaythai boxer who underwent a sex change operation to become a woman. The movie chronicles her life from a young boy who likes to wear lipstick and wear flowers to her sensational career as kickboxer whose specialty is ancient Muaythai boxing moves which she can execute expertly with grace and finally her confrontation with her own sexuality which led to her sex change operation.

In flashback to Chang Mai province, where three-year-old Toom is already displaying a desire to play dress up. Bullied by other children for his sensitivity, Toom turns to his mother for comfort, but she paddles him for allowing himself to be bullied, telling him he must always stand up for himself. The family dispatches Toom to a nearby monastery to become a novice monk, but he must race off to do odd jobs and help on the family farm plot, and eventually the abbot decides the best course of action is to send Toom on the road with an itinerant monk. He dutifully goes, but after a while, the monk realizes Toom isn't committed. Toom asks the monk whether he can accumulate enough good karma in this life to get what he wants in the next one. The monk reassures him that it may be possible for him to get what he wants in this life, and with that in mind, Toom heads home. The teenage Toom and his brother end up spying on a kickboxing camp close to home and eventually get up the courage to wander in and check it out. Toom has little interest in fighting, but he shows a natural skill that attracts the eye of the coach, Pi Chart. When Toom says he's afraid of getting hurt, Pi Chart points out that good fighters don't get hurt.

Toom takes up

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