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Serhat Ünaldi

in Queer Bangkok

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083046
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207325 | DOI:
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This chapter examines queer representation in Thai cinema and the possibilities for the emergence of a movie scene that better reflects the diversity of queer life in Thailand. It examines movies with representations of male-to-female transgender kathoeys and male homosexuals, although tom-dee lesbians also appear in a number of the films. The movies considered are divided, first into a group of mainstream films produced by Thailand's major studios—Iron Ladies 1 and Iron Ladies 2 (2000 and 2003), Saving Private Tootsie (2002), Beautiful Boxer (2003), The Last Song (2006), Metrosexual (2006), Me . . . Myself (2007)—and second, into the category of independent films including Tropical Malady (2004), Rainbow Boys (2005), and Silom Soi (2006).

Keywords: Thai cinema; queer life; Iron Ladies; Saving Private Tootsie; Beautiful Boxer; Last Song; Metrosexual; Tropical Malady; Rainbow Boys; Silom Soi

Chapter.  9146 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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