The Iron Ladies

The Iron Ladies  is a Thai comedy film that follows the true events of a men’s volleyball team, composed mainly of gay and kathoey (transgender) athletes.

IronLadies2The Iron Ladies tells the true story of a Thai male volleyball team that competes in the national championships in 1996 with a team consisting mostly of gays, transvestites and transsexuals.

Mon, who becomes the team leader, was a very talented player who constantly failed to be selected for various teams because he was gay. Jung, Mon’s best friend, also experienced the same treatment but was always more optimistic about things. Their chance comes when Coach Bee is selected to put together a winning team, and she announces that the team will be open for all to tryout. But when the coach selects both Jung and Mon to be on the team, some of the more macho players resign in protest.

In order to form a team, the coach asks Mon to find a few of his friends to join the team. They select Nong, a gay sergeant in the army; Pia, the transsexual star of a cabaret show; and Wit, whose parents don’t know that their only son is gay.

When the competition begins, all but one player in the team are gay or transsexual.

Because of their appearance on court, many of the match officials intend to ban the team, soon dubbed “The Iron Ladies”, from the tournament. However, seeing how much the team is liked by the crowd, they change many of their opinions.

(Source: imdb.com)

You may watch the official trailer here:

Original Title: Satree lek

Tagline: Sometimes Even Sportsmen Want To Be Ladies

Language:  Thai

Country:  Thailand

Category:  Sports

Director: Yongyoot Thongkongtoon

Stars:  Jesdaporn Pholdee, Sahaphap Tor, Ekachai Buranapanit

Run time:  104 min

Release:  2000

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