Anna and the King is a 1999 drama directed by Andy Tennant. The film is loosely based on the story of Anna Leonowens (Jody Foster), a widowed English teacher, who comes to Thailand with her son, Louis (Tom Felton), to teach English to the children of the royal family. Anna's role as teacher expands when King Mongkut asks her to organize a sumptuous reception for the British. When Princess Fa-Ying (Melissa Campbell), is stricken with cholera, the relationship between Anna and the King deepens. Their relationship is soon tested, however, when Lady Tuptim (Bai Ling), the King's favorite concubine, runs away with his former finance, Khun Phra Balat (Sean Ghazi). Anna's responds inappropriately in front of the court, and the King is forced to deal with his concubine and lover harshly in order to save face. In the end, however, Anna's brilliant deception rescues the King from a dangerous plot from within the royal court.