JAKARTA (JP): East is East and West is West. And the twain did meet at the court of the King of Siam.
At least they did in the 1860s, when a British woman came to the palace to teach King Mongkut's children and wives English. However, both the king and the Brit got more than they bargained for.
The world discovered Anna Leonowens and her experiences at the King of Siam's palace through her diaries, which later became the basis for a Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical. Hollywood soon followed suit, with Anna and the King of Siam (1946), The King and I (1956), the big- screen adaptation of the musical. And later followed The King and I (1998), the animated version of the musical.
Apparently Hollywood deemed us in need of yet another version: the nonmusical one. And so they created …