Transvestites rescue Thai movies

A number of films featuring transvestites and transsexuals as the central characters have been pulling crowds in to Thai cinemas – and are now looking to do so around the world.

Two such films have just been premiered in Berlin, Beautiful Boxer and The Adventures Of Iron Pussy.

Beautiful Boxer is the true story of Nong Toom, a Thai kickboxer seeking a sex-change operation. The film has the tagline “He fights like a man – so he can become a woman,” and has been selected for the Panorama Section of the Berlin Film Festival.