Anna and the King is a 1999 motion picture loosely based on the story of Anna Leonowens, who was an English schoolteacher in Siam, now Thailand, in the 19th century. The picture is a remake of Anna and the King of Siam, but differs in many respects from that picture and also from the related musical, The King and I.
The film was directed by Andy Tennant and stars Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat. It was an Academy Award nominee in 2000 for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.
Anna Leonowens (November 5, 1834 - January 19, 1915) is chiefly famous for being the British governess portrayed in the book and film Anna and the King of Siam and in the musical adapted from it, The King and I. The musical play, based on adaptations of her factually controversial memoirs, provides a fictionalised look at her life in the royal court of Siam.