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The Iron Ladies (2000)

Director: Youngyooth Thongkonthun
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Strand Releasing Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Politics and Social Issues, Southeast Asia, Gay & Lesbian, Sports Comedy, Features, Sports, Sports Comedy
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: Thai
Subtitles: English
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If The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert were put in a blender with Hoosiers, it would probably bear a striking resemblance to Satree-Lex (The Iron Ladies), an exuberant comedy about the journey of a volleyball team composed largely of transsexuals, drag queens, and effeminate gay men to the 1996 Thai male championships. Positioned at the team's spiritual core are best friends Mon and Jun, the former of whom is a jaded transvestite, and the latter is a flamboyant drag queen with uncharacteristically supportive parents. When the provincial governor hires a butch female coach to amass a "dream team" for the national volleyball competitions, Mon and Jun are chosen for the lineup. Their selection outrages their testosterone-addled teammates, who, with the exception of one player, quit in protest. Desperate, the coach asks Mon to recruit new teammates, and in short order he summons a transsexual stage performer, a muscular army sergeant cum makeup artist, a closeted gay boy, and transvestite triplets April, May, and June. Conflict ensues, lessons are learned, team spirit is strengthened, and eyebrows are plucked. The second highest-grossing film in Thailand to date, Satree-Lex earned raves when it was shown at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Rebecca Flint, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

what can I say by jkearns December 8, 2009 - 8:24 PM PST
I read a review online that mentioned how the characters were stereotypes .. well I know plenty of folks who act just like these folks.. the review online left me wondering how they expected trans folk to act ???

my feelings on the film are that it may be kind of a formula flick but this film sure made me happy.

Thai Transvestite Tootsies by talltale October 11, 2004 - 4:07 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I usually despise movies that deal in "screaming queen" stereotypes, try to affect a feel-good ending and--worst of all--are purportedly based on "real-life" events. THE IRON LADIES manages to be all three. And I loved it. Go figure. Actually, I just spent the last hour trying to figure it out, and what I come up with is this: Whatever stereotypes a movie is presenting, if the actors have charm and throw themselves into things fully and completely, they can win you over. If the writer takes the trouble to create an interesting range of characters who stand apart from each other, even given those stereotypes, so much the better. And if the director films scene after scene with a kind of bubbly, good-humored fun that embraces the stereotypes without demeaning them, this will turn the trick (no pun intended). Finally, watching the "real" Iron Ladies (as they appear during the end credits) adds to the sense that all involved captured this event better than anyone had the right to expect. You GO girls!

Rare transgnder positive film - delightfully funny by BChiles October 8, 2004 - 4:15 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This slick, often silly candy-colored thai film carries a rare transgender positive message. An audience hit at the 2002 SF International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, I found it still works beautifully on DVD viewed at home.

The score may have you diving for the remote to fast forward, but the actors are attractive and likeable in their diversity. The dialogue is often witty and the volleyball sequences well shot and editted. It's a kind of queer, thai take on the classic Disney sports triumph over diversity film. Rent it already!

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(Average 6.66)
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