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The Iron Ladies [Import]

Jesdaporn Pholdee , Sahaphap Tor , Yongyoot Thongkongtoon    Unrated   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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In the tradition of THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT and THE FULL MONTY comes THE IRON LADIES, which tells the true story of a Thai male volleyball team that competes in the national championship in 1996 with a team consisting mostly of gay, transvestites and transsexuals.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see! July 28 2003
By Jimmy
What more can you ask for in a movie than campy characters, memorable performances, a happy ending and non-stop laughter? The Iron Ladies truly delivers on all accounts.
The true story of a Thai volleyball team made up mostly of gay men, drag queens and transgendered women ("katoueys") that makes it to the men's national championship, The Iron Ladies is sassy, funny and extraordinary.
Cross-dressing Jung (Chaicharn Nimpulsawasdi), make-up loving soldier Nong (Giorgio Maiocchi) and transsexual cabaret star Pia (Kokkorn Benjathikoon) are the standouts in this hilarious cast of characters who unite together to overcome the adversity they face on a daily basis, and take Thailand by storm. Shiriohana Hongsopon gives probably the best performance as Coach Bee, the glue that holds the often hot-tempered and always effervescent team together.
As we see the Iron Ladies through to the national finals, all the characters receive a touch of humanity from each other, and rally together to reach for the top. This hilarious romp will keep you laughing, and it will definitely be a film you will never forget! For it's fantastic script, three stars...the amazing acting, one more star...and because it's a movie you'll want to see again and again, one more. 5 stars out of 5! YOU WILL LOVE IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soft and Hard all in one! Nov. 9 2002
Note that this is a Thailand produced movie so don't be shock if you hear the dialogue is in Thai. There maybe voice over in English or in Thai with English Subtitles (I highly recommend the latter... it's more fun & authentic).
Based on a true story in Thailand about how a group of Queens, Gays and Transversites who love volleyball but have never been able to play the game at National Level due to their sexual orientation.
When the Lampung Volleyball Team was looking to form a new team and also seek new recurits beacause the new lady coach wants a fresh start. These "gals" went head on to apply and got into the state team with the help and blessing of this new coach who based the selection solely on the players' skills and nothing else.
Naturally, this group (called the Iron Ladies) created a wave and caused quite a stir; Not just because they of what they are BUT they eventaully made it to the National Games (The hightest honour in Thailand) and did well. I won't leak out the ending here.
It goes to show though these queers may be laugh upon by some but most Thais do show their support and tolerance for them. There are lots of hysterical moments and great punch lines.
Just get it, watch it... and chances are, you'll keep falling off your chair with laughter.
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By Grady Harp TOP 100 REVIEWER
IRON LADIES is a terrific little movie from Thailand that is based on a true story of a Volleyball team comprised of a group of irresistible characters who range from heterosexual, transgender, gay, and drag queens. Assembled by a new coach chosen to propel a losing team to the country volleyball championship, the antics involve the miscegenation of this varied group into a winning format under the umbrella of a team name 'Iron Ladies'. The over-the-top antics of the most flagrant of the drag queens serves to meld the other semi-closeted and straight members into a true team spirit, upholding the best values of good sportsmanship. As the Iron Ladies gain in winning their way to the finals, the expected parental concerns, gay bashing, and unrequited love stories intervene, but these all only serve to keep the wacky group real and grounded in humanity. This film is not unlike the wide appeal of 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert', 'La Cage aux Folles', and 'The Fluffer' to mention only a few of the movies that stretch the audience's experience a bit. It is a genuinely sensitive, well produced, well acted film that deserves a wide audience who seek understanding of all social categories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! June 21 2003
I first saw this film in Bangkok when it was first released, I don't speak thai, but love the people and the culture, and the acceptance of the ka-toi (lady boys) in Thai society. I wasn't sure what I was letting myself in for at first, but I immediately warmed to the movie, found it absolutely hysterical and went back to see it once more the same week. I was so happy when it was released on DVD and immediately bought it. There has since been a sequel (Iron Ladies 2) which is also good, but doesn't come up to the standard of the original. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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