Anna and the King

Anna and the King

Director: Andy Tennant Cast: Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-Fat, Bai Ling
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Anna and the King

The true story of Anna Leonowens' experiences as a governess to the children of an eccentric Asian king has been adapted into a book of memoirs, a biography, a stage play called Anna and the King of Siam -- which was adapted into a 1946 film, a stage musical called The King and I -- made into both the live-action The King and I (1956)) and the animated The King and I (1999) feature films, and a short-lived 1972 TV series. Now the story is brought to the screen yet again, as Jodie Foster stars as Leonowens, hired by the king of Thailand (Chow Yun-Fat) in the 19th century to help care for his children. The king wants the best for his children, but Anna soon discovers that he is a strong-willed but quixotic leader, and her stay in Thailand becomes a struggle for power with romantic overtones, as they decide who will have authority over the royal youngsters. Anna and the King was directed by Andy Tennant, best known for his 1998 variation on the Cinderella story, Ever After.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2003
UPC: 0024543002604
Original Release: 1999
Rating: PG-13
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:27:00
Sales rank: 7,618

Special Features

Commentary by Andy Tennant; Five Featurettes; Television special; Six deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer; Music video "How Can I Not Love You" by Joy Enriquez

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jodie Foster Anna Leonowens
Chow Yun-Fat King Mongkut
Bai Ling Tuptim
Tom Felton Louis
Syed Alwi The Kralahome
Keith Chin Prince Chulalongkorn
Randall Duk Kim General Alak
Lim Kay-siu Prince Chowfa
Melissa Campbell Princess Fa-Ying
Deanna Yusoff Lady Thiang

Technical Credits
Andy Tennant Director
Eric Angelson Associate Producer
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Lawrence Bender Producer
Roger Bondelli Editor
G. Mac Brown Co-producer
Rona Brown Consultant/advisor
Terence Chang Executive Producer
Chaiyan (Lek) Chunsuttiwat Art Director
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Ed Elbert Producer
George Fenton Score Composer
Paul Ghiradani Art Director
Jon Jashni Co-producer
Priscilla John Casting
Julie Kirkham Co-producer
Peter Krikes Screenwriter
John A. Larsen Sound Editor
Steve Meerson Screenwriter
Wink Mordaunt Co-producer
Scott Printz Asst. Director
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Anna and the King
1. Main Titles (The Englishwoman)
2. The Palace
3. Meeting the King
4. The Royal Family
5. The Royal School
6. Slavery
7. The King's Approval
8. The Rice Festival
9. Burmese Death Squads
10. A Royal Party
11. The Marketplace
12. A Small Gift
13. Fever
14. A Letter
15. An Attack
16. Tuptim
17. Kincaid's Information
18. Nong Khai
19. The White Elephant
20. End Titles

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Anna and the King 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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E.Dzanda More than 1 year ago
Anna and the King is what I like to think of as a modern adaptation of The King and I, the Rogers & Hammerstein musical, but with a more relatable story. Jodie Foster plays a strong and yet elegant British schoolteacher to the King's (played by Chow Yun-Fat) many children. This film has a lot to offer its audience from the exotic culture of Siam, to the grand landscapes. This film touches on the worldview of the time (1860s) when England was colonizing countries all throughout Asia. It also explores the issues of slavery, arranged marriages, and forbidden love. This is family friendly film that brings the epic film genre into the twentieth century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has wonderful scenes to make you cry, make you angry, make you smile, and the locale where the movie is shot is beautiful and lush. It really brings the story of Anna and the King to life. A wonderful movie.
Linux-Guy More than 1 year ago
The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful and in itself enough to merit watching the movie. However, it is more than the scenery. I thought that Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat both put in a wonderful performance working off each other. The story is very entertaining and contains all of the characteristics of a movie that will keep your attention: romance, action, humor, and in this movie, the differences in culture. Worth the watch.
Krizbit More than 1 year ago
I bought this to replace my VHS copy and consider it one of my top 5 favorite movies. It's a breath taking movie and story line.
MegaWatt More than 1 year ago
Very well done, excellent performances, beautiful cinematography. The story is informative, moving and thought provoking, with some memorable quotes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful performances from both Chow Yun Fat and Jodie Foster. Great movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh My God! I absolutely loved this movie. Chow Yun-Fat is the best actor of all time. I thought that the setting was gorgeous and exotic and it should be a classic movie.
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