Film & DVD Review: Beautiful Boxer

Country: Brazil
Language: Thai / English
Netherlands:12 / Philippines:R-13 / Singapore:PG / USA:Unrated / Iceland:12
Duration: 118 min
Reviewed by Al Martin

Beautiful Boxer stars Asanee Suwan, a real life professional Thai Boxer, as Parinaya Charoemphol “Nong Toom”, Thai Land’s famed transgendered Thai Boxer who entered the brutal world of full contact fighting to earn a living, to one day be able to afford a full sex change. In order to do this Nong Toom must make it to the big time, and train day in day out, battling his way to the top to achieve total femininity. I enjoyed the first half of the film more than the latter, seeing him learning Thai Boxing and growing as a person, overcoming the odds. I felt towards the end it started to drag a little, but overall a very entertaining film, based on a true story.

Full Cast and Crew for Beautiful Boxer (2003)

Directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham

Writing credits (in alphabetical order)

  • Desmond Sim
  • Ekachai Uekrongtham Cast (in credits order)
  • Asanee Suwan …. Nong Toom/Parinaya Charoemphol
  • Sorapong Chatree …. Pi Chart
  • Orn-Anong Panyawong …. Nong Toom’s mother
  • Nukkid Boonthong …. Nong Toom’s father
  • Sitiporn Niyom …. Nat
  • Kyoko Inoue …. Herself (Female Wrestler)
  • Keagan Kang …. Jack (the Reporter)
  • Yuka Hyodo …. Japanese fan
  • Somsak Tuangmkuda …. Pi Moo
  • Tanyabuth Songsakul …. Tam
  • Sarawuth Tangchit …. Nong Toom (as a boy)
  • Natee Pongsopol …. Nong Toom (as a novice monk)
  • Samnuan Sangpali …. Anaconda
  • Natawuth Singlek …. Ramba
  • Pat Sasipragym …. Hercules
  • Denkamol Kiatbussaba …. Power King
  • Ittipol Varuthirakorn …. Samson
  • Lampangchai Kiatsunanta …. Mountain Top
  • Payakpanlan Kiatmongeorn …. Night Tiger
  • Pi Day …. Cabaret show girl
  • Narisara Soneaim …. Prostitute
  • Watchkarn Krinmueng …. Female reporter
  • Kazuhiko Nobukane …. Japanese ringmaster
  • Erik Markus Schuetz …. Hooligan Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
  • Desmond Sim
  • Ekachai Uekrongtham Produced by Ekachai Uekrongtham …. producer

    Original Music by Amornbhong Methakunavudh

    Cinematography by

  • Choochart Nantitanyatada (director of photography)
  • Makeup Department
  • Kraisorn Sampethchareon …. makeup artist Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
  • Bancha Chongon …. second assistant director
  • Naradol Liaopairoj …. first assistant director
  • Woradej Pongpinyophat …. third assistant director Sound Department
  • Narathip Tungkaseranee …. boom operator
  • Jasmin Vorabutr …. sound editor Stunts
  • Kadam Chaipanich …. Muay Thai consultant
  • Don Ferguson …. utility stunts
  • Erik Markus Schuetz …. stunt actor: fight sequence Other crew
  • Sumeth Mangrichan …. continuity
  • Kazuhiko Nobukane …. wrestling consultant
  • Suthsawat Sutcharitkul …. personality consultant
  • Sanae Taptimthong …. fight choreographer
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