A crown jewel

You should get to know Anna and the King all over again

Woo, hoo: Chow Yun-Fat and Jodie Foster ain't no Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr, and more's the better for it.
Woo, hoo: Chow Yun-Fat and Jodie Foster ain't no Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr, and more's the better for it.

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Starring Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-Fat, Bai Ling, Tom Felton, and Randall Duk Kim

Release Date:
December 17

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Directed by Andy Tennant

Screenplay by Steve Meerson and Peter Krikes, based on the diaries of Anna Leonowens

Anna and the King is a grand entertainment in the old-fashioned sense, but it's also a valuable -- and easily accessible -- document for our own age, in which cultures bleed into one another with an even more feverish intensity. It's a portrait of courage and hope against incredible odds, summed up perfectly by Foster during a scientific experiment she presents for the children. "The one way to achieve the impossible," she explains to her rapt audience as an egg is sucked by a vacuum into a bottle, "is to change the climate."

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