Many of us have seen the movies about transsexuals. They are usually sad, boring or outlandishly stereotypical. Not this one. Beautiful Boxer is about a boy who has to fight like a man to become a woman. What makes this movie even more exciting is that it’s the true story of celebrated Muay Thai kick boxer, Nong Thoom. The film opens with a reporter looking for the mysterious Nong on the streets of Bangkok. One shot is of a sexy lady standing in a doorway, wearing a t-shirt that says, “Self Made Woman.” I fell in love right then and there. Then the action starts. This ain’t no Starbooty. This movie is more Karate Kid than The Crying Game. Asanee Suwan is AWESOME as young Thoom. He is respectful and doesn’t make his character a caricature. I loved watching the transition from soft young boy to fierce femme fighter. Suwan is a professional Muay Thai fighter in his own right and the fight scenes in this movie rival some of my favorite mainstream movies like Ong Bak and The Protector with Tony Jaa. Love. Love. Love. If you like action, see this movie. If you like sexy lady-boys, see this movie. If you like sexy lady boys who whoop major ass, see this movie. No, really, see this movie! Beautiful Boxer is a breath of fresh, Bangkok air. Glad I found it! Now…since we’re all preoccupied with finding out who’s gonna win RuPaul’s Drag Race, next week’s review is all about Starbooty! A different kind of drag superhero…Yum!
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