Anna and the King

Label
La Face
Release date
21 Dec 1999
Running length
18 tracks
Running time
59:01

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 How Can I Not Love You (Joy Enriquez) 4:36 72
2 Arrival at the Palace (main theme title) 6:03 280
3 Meeting the Children 1:34 281
4 Tuptim 1:33 302
5 Letter of the Week 1:41 286
6 The House 1:40 252
7 The Rice Festival 4:25 273
8 Rajah Attack 1:00 233
9 Anniversary Polka 3:22 258
10 I Am King, I Shall Lead 2:30 158
11 Flowers on the Water 4:23 296
12 Moonlit Beach 1:41 311
13 Betrayed 1:54 220
14 Chowfa's Death 1:31 225
15 The Execution 4:22 314
16 Anna Returns 3:46 246
17 The Bridge 6:43 196
18 I Have Danced With a King 6:17 304

About this album

Anna and the King (1999) is a non-musical, epic remake by 20th Century Fox. It was nominated in the 72nd Academy Awards [ (i)for art direction (ii)for costume design ]. Under the direction of Andy Tennant, an international cast and crew representing more than 20 countries are working to bring this epic drama to the big screen.

The film score was composed by George Fenton and was nominated in the 57th Golden Globe Awards [ (i)for original score (ii)for original song ]. For Anna and the King, Fenton utilized various instruments from multiple asian regions, combining it with traditional western orchestrations to provide a rather moving and emotional score to the film. The music fits the mood of the action perfectly well, and in the proper scenes it is so uplifting that it steals the attention of the viewer. The behind-the-scenes team includes several of the most noted artists working in film today, including the Academy Award winning production designer Luciana Arrighi, Academy Award winning costume designer Jenny Beavan and Academy Award nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. Comes as no surprise at all, Chow Yun-Fat and Jodie Foster were chosen, and, brilliantly portrayed the title roles.

The film itself is beautiful beyond belief, which masks the hollowness of the story. Humour and politics are given equal measure, there are also plenty of scenes with the King’s children (involving cast from many different level of ages) and it was so realistic, with Bai Ling’s intense performance as Tuptim adds emotional depth to the film.

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