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.Written by
During the conversation between Anna and Mongkut after she performed the egg trick, the contents of the glass jars in the classroom stank so much that Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat could hardly breathe. See more »
Upon introducing his queens and concubines to Anna, Mongkut states that his concubines are not as numerous as those of the Emperor of China. The Chinese emperor in 1862, the Tongzhi Emperor, was only six years old at the time and unmarried. Even after marriage, he had 5 consorts- significantly less than Mongkut's 23 wives and 42 concubines. See more »
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, but others feared a raging flood. Still she came, unaware of the suspicion that preceded her. But it wasn't until years later, that I began to appreciate how brave she was, and how alone she must have felt. An English woman. The ...
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The death of Tuptim made me cry really hard. It is a deeply emotional film that enters into the depths of friendship and life.
The word that I would use to describe my feelings at the time of the execution is frustrated. I was frustrated for Tuptim and for Anna. Tuptim was innocent - she was in love. Anna was her friend, and she didn't want to see her friend die.
But as the film progresses, she leaves Tuptim behind; she moves on. Chow-Yun Fat excellently portrays the troubled king and father, putting his life at risk for their safety.
I voted this film '10', because frankly, it deserves it. In every aspect. Even the tiny matters like her accent. She had a pristine British accent, and their was no fault in it.
Anna and the King - a great film.
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