Anna and the King

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Anna and the King is a 1999 motion picture loosely based on the true story of Anna Leonowens, who was an English schoolteacher in Siam, now Thailand, in the 19th-century. The picture is a remake of a classic Anna and the King of Siam, but differs in many respects from that and from the subsequent musical, The King and I, also based on the same story.

The film was directed by Andy Tennant and stars Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-Fat among others. It was nominated for 2000 Academy Award: Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

The film implies a much larger role in the development of the Thai nation than Anna Leonowens ever claimed for herself. Even more controversially, it suggests a romance between Anna and the king. As in the movie the king was portrayed in an inappropriate way for Thai people, the movie is forbidden to be shown in Thailand. The movie was filmed in Malaysia for the same reason.

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