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An epic tale set in Thailand in the late 19th century, and chronicles the true life adventures of British governess Anna Leonowens, who is hired by the King of Siam to educate his fifty-eight children. Soon after her arrival to this exotic, unfamiliar land, Anna finds herself engaged in a battle of wits with the strong-willed ruler.
Drama - Anna and the King is a dramatic, non-musical re-telling of the
story familiar from Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I.
Fans of epic romances will be most likely to enjoy the lavish
production and the relationship between the two main characters,
though they may have problems with the violence. Younger viewers may
find the story too slow and uninvolving.
For more than forty years, Yul Brynner has been the King of Siam, and the King of Siam has been Yul Brynner. Anna and the King may not be Rodgers and Hammerstein, but Chow Yun-Fat still faced a vexing challenge: re-defining a part so distinctly connected to one man. It is the authoritative grace with which Chow pulls off that feat that makes Anna and the King such an unexpected pleasure. Those familiar with Chow primarily as an action star should take note: his versatility keeps the romantic angle in Anna and the King fresh and convincing, even when the political sub-plots grow predictable or preachy.
English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens
has done something that women of the Victorian age simply never do: The
young widow has traveled thousands of miles with her son to a land that is
largely unknown to the Western world. She arrives in Siam with adventure in her
eyes and a Siamese primer in her hand. Whatever awaits her in this strange new
world, there is no turning back.
Anna has been employed to educate the
king's fifty-eight children. She knows very little of King Mongkut, apart from
the fact that his people revere him as a god. She brings with her an 'East vs.
West' prejudice against the king, considering him to be uncivilized. She soon
realizes that her views are more than matched by the ruler's own
preconceptions about the West and particularly this impertinent English woman.
But over time, Anna and the King share
a growing connection. Anna discovers that Mongkut is a true man of vision who is
leading Siam to take its place among the nations of the modern world. And the
King recognizes that Anna has shined a light not only on him and his family, but
on Siam itself.