Anna And The King details
|Starring:||Chow Yun-Fat, Keith Chin, Tom Felton, Randall Duk Kim, Syed Alwi, Jodie Foster, Bai Ling|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
Anna And The King
|Run time:||2 hours 22 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Nov 2000|
|Subtitles:||Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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A overlooked classicBy zoffo (16 reviews) from Dunfermline , 04 Nov 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]I love this film, and I feel it never achieved the recognition it deserved. Jodie Foster manages a very passable upper class English accent, and pulls it off fairly well. The set and costume design are magnificent as is the location. Wheras the other classic version of this story, 'The King And I', pretty much adapts the highly successful stage musical to the big screen, this film goes more into the political turmoil of the time and brings into focus the effects of British colonialisation. The performance of Chow-Yun-Fat is superb. Taking on a roll that is universally regarded as Yul Brynners and making it his own is no mean feat. A perfect film to sit and watch for the pure love of watching a great movie.
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Chow Yun-Fat is fab as the King of SiamBy Katya1 (51 reviews) , 09 Apr 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]Chow Yun-Fat is very charismatic as the King, and I preferred him to Yul Brynner. I could see why Anna fell for him. But I really missed the music of the original film, and yes it was political. Jodie Foster managed the UK accent to perfection, and her dancing was excellent, but I prefer her in roles such as Clarice in The Silence of the Lambs. Lovely photography, lovely colours, easy watching, worth watching.
great film i have seen beforeBy a customer from suffolk,england , 27 Jun 2009great acting great film, i have seen before
anna and the kingBy a customer from Swansea , 07 Feb 2009really enjoyed watching this film as it had everything in it I like. fantastic costumes and scenery and although I thought the love bit was a bit soppy and historically untrue it was worth watching especially if you love Thailand.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008Despite a lavish and costly production with dozens of elephants and a purpose built set this film feels too long and doesn't grip. Jodie Foster plays the part impeccably but her character is hard to like and there is no chemistry between her and the King. The story is a bit formulaic and left me feeling flat. Although it strains to achieve a sense of the period and an exotic location there is something stagey and stiff about this film.
An Insult to Thai history, an insult to movie lovers.By Sanukk (7 reviews) from Exeter , 22 Feb 2008This poor excuse for a film pretends to be based on reality when it could hardly be further from the truth, The author of the diaries the film is based on has been proven time and time again to be a liar who made up almost everything in her two books, including her own name (look it up if you don't believe me), this coupled with probably the worst English accent in cinema history thanks to miss Foster, who usually is far better than this.
Credit where it's due, Chow Yun-Fat does indeed turn in a good performance despite being far too young (the real King Mongkut would have been in his late 60's at the the time). The scenery is also very nice but obviously Burmese rather than Thai.
Might I suggest you watch something like Bang Rajan for a real taste of historic Thailand, or Beautiful Boxer for a more romantic modern version.