Anna and the KingDecember 17, 1999
The story of the romance between the King of Siam and the widowed British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens during the 1860's.
Release Year: 1999
Rating: 6.5/10 (18,167 voted)
Critic's Score: 56/100
Stars: Jodie Foster, Yun-Fat Chow, Bai Ling
This is the story of Anna Leonowens, the English schoolteacher who came to Siam in the 1860s to teach the children of King Mongkut. She becomes involved in his affairs, from the tragic plight of a young concubine to trying to forge an alliance with Britain to a war with Burma that is orchestrated by Britain. In the meantime, a subtle romance develops between them.
Writers: Anna Leonowens, Steve Meerson
(as Chow Yun-Fat)
The Kralahome, Prime Minister
Randall Duk Kim
Kay Siu Lim
Prince Chowfa, King Mongkut's Brother
Moonshee, Leonowens' Indian Servant
Beebe, Leonowens' Indian Servant
Lady Thiang, Head Wife
Lord John Bradley
Mycroft Kincaid, East India Trading Co.
Fox Movies |
Release Date: 17 December 1999
Filming Locations: Coloma, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $5,223,416
(19 December 1999)
Did You Know?
3 months into filming an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis hampered the filming. Some sets had to be relocated because they were too close to pig farms (the main source, transmitted by mosquitoes). All the cast and crew were given a vaccine by the set doctor, and some sets were sprayed with insecticide before crew turned up to start filming.
Louis asks Anna, "Doesn't "Chang See Khao" mean White Elephant?" While "Chang See Khao" does literally translate into "white elephant", the correct term is "Chang Peuak."
She was the first English woman I had ever met. And it seemed to me she knew more about the world than anyone. But it was a world Siam was afraid would consume them. The monsoon winds had whispered her arrival like a coming storm. Some welcomed the rain…
I saw a trailer for this film a few months before the Australian opening.
Originally it was the lush cinematography that caught my eye. I assumed it
would be a re-make either of the original 1946 movie or the better known
Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of 1956.
In actual fact, the movie is neither a re-make of these previous FOX
efforts, but rather an adaption of Anna Leonowens' own memoirs of the time
she spent in Siam.
Jodie Foster gave a fascinating, beautiful performance as Anna. I found her
portrayal of the character interesting, as it was far different from
Kerr's interpretation. Yul Brynner left his mark on the King in both stage
and film versions of "The King and I". However, Chow Yun Fat in a different
role is excellent. I feel they are both up with a chance for an oscar
The film is a fine example of movie making. In addition to the supporting
cast, the costumes and art decoration were of an excellent standard.
Although the film was shot in Malaysia and not Thailand, I only suspected
the film was not shot there because of all versions of the story being
banned there. Despite the fact I have been to some of the Malaysian
locations, I hardly noticed it.
Skeptical in my viewing of this movie because of my fondness for "The King
and I", "Anna and the King" has forever shattered my illusions of the
No longer can I picture the children swaying to the strains of "Getting to
Know You". However, I was greatly surprised by this movie. I cannot
recommend it highly enough. Rating: 10/10