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Beautiful Boxer (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,[1] 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."[2]

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)
  • GLAAD Media Awards – Outstanding Film[3][4]


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