28 February 2008

Beautiful Boxer (2003)


Beautiful Boxer (2003)

Ovo je zaista zapanjujući film , koji sam odgledao u dahu i nakon kojega sam se osijećao kao nakon pročitane dobre knjige! Vrhunska izvedba, gluma, vizuelni efekti, fotografija i iznad svega priča, bazirana na istinitom događaju.
Film nam priča o slavnom tajlandskom kickbokseru Nong Toomu, travestitu kojemu je sudbina predodredila da se bori za opstanak na najmuškiji mogući način prije nego iz sebe oslobodi ženu.
Film mi je pomogao da shvatim narav travestita kojih sam se zbog nepoznavanja na neki način gnušao i odbacivao.
Nong Toom je rođen u jednoj siromašnoj nomadskoj porodici na Thailandu. Odmalena, prinuđen da radi i bori se za opstanak, je otkrivao svoju drugu stranu ličnosti koja je njegovim sazrevanjem postajala sve jača i izraženija.
Nong Toom je sebe oduvijek smatrao ženom, koja je greškom prirode zarobljena u tijelu muškarca. I te kakvog muškarca ! Snažnog , virtuoznog, zgodnog i privlačnog u svakom pogledu.

Siromaštvo u kojem je odrastao ga je natijeralo da nauči da se bori u kickboksu, nacionalnim sportom na Tajlandu (Muay Thai - Thai kickboxing)
Duboko religiozan, kontrast u njegovom tijelu je shvatao kao svoju karmu govoreći : " U predhodnom životu sam činio loše stvari, zato u ovom moram da patim."
Kada ga je učitelj pitao zašto želiš da boksuješ odgovorio je :" Da bih mogao da zaradim novac i kupim povrće za moju majku!"
Uporno trenirajući kickbox, dok se krijući šminkao i u usamljenim trenucima dozvoljavajući sebi da pokaže svoju žensku stranu, želio je samo jedno, da pomogne roditeljima i da zaradi dovoljno novca da postane žena.
Zaista su dirljive scene u kojima se vidi njegov očaj kada mora da se tuče ili trpi poniženja zbog svojeg ponašanja koje kako su godine prolazile nije mogao da sakriva.
Svoje protivnike koje bi nokautirao u ringu bi poljubio sa mislima " žao mi je što sam te povrijedio, ali u ringu nema drugog izbora.!"
Na vrhuncu slave kada je postao nacionalni prvak u kickboxu, počeo je da uzima ženske hormone koji sumu oduzimali snagu i muškost, prijeko potrebnu za taj surovi sport. Inače na Thauilandu je zabranjeno ženama da se bave tim sportom.
Danas je Nong Toom ( Parinaya Charoemphol ) žena, glumica koja živi u Bangkoku. Ostao je poznati ritual na ringu koji je kao kickboxer izvodio prije svake borbe najljepšeg tajlandskog borca u ringu!
Gledajući ovaj film , pratičete odrastanje i transformaciju Parinaje u ženu.
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Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham
Writers: Desmond Sim, Ekachai Uekrongtham
Release Date: 29 April 2004 (Singapore)
Genre: Action / Drama
Plot Keywords: Emotion / Mob / Gay / Gay Interest / Gender Reassignment
Awards and nominations:

* Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – Best Feature Film, winner (2004)
* Thailand National Film Association Awards – Best Actor Asanee Suwan, winner; Best Makeup Kraisorn Sampethchareon, winner (2004)
* San Sebastián International Film Festival – Sebastian Award, winner (2004)
* Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival – Best Film, winner (2004)
* Outfest Achievement Award – Outstanding Emerging Talent, Ekachai Uekrongtham (2004)
* GLAAD Media Awards – Outstanding Film Limited Release, nominated (2006)

Cast
(Cast overview, first billed only)
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
Natee Pongsopol ... Nong Toom
Samnuan Sangpali ... Anaconda
Natawuth Singlek ... Ramba
Pat Sasipragym ... Hercules

Runtime: Brazil:118 min / USA:118 min
Country: Thailand
Language: Thai / English / Japanese

Certification: UK:15 / Australia:M / Malaysia:18PL / South Korea:15 / Netherlands:12 / Philippines:R-13 / Singapore:PG / USA:Unrated / Iceland:12
Filming Locations: Bangkok, Thailand


Beautiful Boxer is a 2003 Thai biographical-drama-sports film by Singapore-based director Ekachai Uekrongtham. It tells the life story of Nong Thoom, a famous kathoey (male-to-female transgendered person), Muay Thai fighter, actress and model. She was portrayed by male kickboxer Asanee Suwan.



Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transgender kickboxer, Beautiful Boxer is a poignant action drama that punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man so he can become a woman.



Believing he's a girl trapped in a boy's body since childhood, Parinya Charoenphol (affectionately known as Nong Toom in Thailand) sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Muay Thai (Thai boxing) to earn a living and to achieve his ultimate goal of total femininity. Touching, funny and packed with breathtaking Thai kickboxing sequences, Beautiful Boxer traces Nong Toom's childhood, teenage life as a traveling monk and grueling days in boxing camps. Shot in 9 provinces across Thailand and in Tokyo, the film also features a series of explosive matches where Nong Toom knocks out most of his opponents in Thailand and Japan.

Directed and produced by Ekachai Uekrongtham, the film stars Asanee Suwan, a real-life kickboxing champ as Nong Toom. The role earned him the 2004 Supannahongsa Award (Thailand's equivalent to the Oscar) for Best Actor. Beautiful Boxer also features compelling performances by Thailand's award-winning actor Sorapong Chatree in the role of Nong Toom's coach and former Miss Thailand
Orn-Anong Panyawong as Nong Toom's mother.

Kyoko Inoue, one of Japan's top female wrestlers plays herself in the film. She has fought with Nong Toom in real life back in 1988. That historical match was reenacted for the film in a dramatic sequence shot at Toyko Dome. Nearly all of Nong Toom's opponents in the film are also professional kickboxers in real life.

Beautiful Boxer has been officially selected for the Panorama Section of the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival. It’s the only Thai film in the 2004 Panorama.
He is now a she. In real life, Nong Toom's dream has come true after undergoing a sex-change operation in 1999. Now a model and actress based in Bangkok, Nong Toom can no longer fight in the ring. Women are not allowed in professional boxing rings for men in Thailand.

Born into a poor family of nomads, Nong Toom spent his childhood traveling around the country with his family before settling down in Chiangmai province in the Northern part of Thailand. Prior to his big match in Bangkok in February 1998, he'd won 20 out of 22 matches in many provinces. He's feared by his opponents for his trademark swooping kicks, flying elbows and stinging uppercuts. His deadly prowess in the ring made it hard for the public to understand his ambition of becoming a woman.

Undoubtedly one of Thailand's best known kickboxers, Nong Toom is admired by many for his courage and despised by others who accused him of tarnishing the masculine image of Thai kickboxing.
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