Friday, February 6, 2004

Review: The Iron Ladies (Satree Lek)

  • Directed by Youngyooth Thongkonthun
  • Starring Jesdaporn Pholdee, Sahaphap Tor, Chaicharn Nimpulsawasdi, Giorgio Maiocchi, Ekachai Buranapanit, Kokkorn Benjathikoon, Shiriohana Hongsopon, Phomsit Sitthijamroenkhun, Sutthipong Sitthijamroenkhun, Anucha Chatkaew
  • Released in Thailand in 2000; reviewed on DVD
  • Rating: 3/5

Well, I finally got around to seeing this one. It's about a men's volleyball team comprised of mostly gay transvestites who smash their way into the Thailand national championship. It's pretty funny, though cliched. But, since it's based on a true story, I have to wonder if the cliches don't hold true. Some clips of the actual players are shown with the closing credits, and they really do seem to act like that. So do the other Thai ladyboys I've run into here on the streets of Bangkok.

The highlight is a bar fight sequence. The sports sequences are overly dramatised and made implausible.

Still, a great story and something I don't regret watching. There's a sequel that came out last year, though I won't be in any rush to watch it.

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