The Iron Ladies
Based on a true story, this Thai comedy about a queer volleyball team succeeding against all odds is a modern sports classic.
A commercial and critical success in Thailand and abroad, The Iron Ladies is a fictionalised account of a historic 1996 team of gay and transgender athletes who won the men’s title at the Thai national volleyball championships.
Shying away from melodrama, the film is a loving mix of laugh-out-loud comedy and sporting triumphs amidst a greater call for tolerance. It centers on the misadventures of talented volleyball players Mon and Jung as they struggle to find a team willing to accept their LGBTQ identities. The pair gain a second wind after the appointment of a new coach—who ends up building a diverse team of gay, transgender and straight players after the original team walks out.
Cast & Credits
Thai filmmaker Yongyoot Thongkongtoon was a medical student before he switched to studying communications at Chulalongkorn University. A director-producer who worked extensively with the enormously successful, now-defunct studio GTH, Thongkongtoon was also the artistic director for Bangkok International Film Festival. The Iron Ladies was his debut feature.
Prasert Vivattanananpong, Chatchawarin Klainark
Visuttchai Boonyakarnjawa, Jira Maligool, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon
Jesdaporn Pholdee, Sahaphap Tor, Chaicharn Nimpulsawasdi