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anna_NP
and_CC
the_DT
king_NN
strides_NNS
onto_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
in_IN
full_JJ
regalia_NNS
,_,
wearing_VBG
a_DT
brilliant_JJ
suit_NN
of_IN
sumptuous_JJ
landscapes_NNS
,_,
deep_JJ
,_,
vibrant_JJ
colors_NNS
and_CC
an_DT
epic_JJ
storyline_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
true_JJ
beauty_NN
comes_VBZ
from_IN
it_PP
's_BEZ
subtle_JJ
ruminations_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
politics_NN
of_IN
power_NN
,_,
whether_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
between_IN
governments_NNS
,_,
or_CC
the_DT
interplay_NN
between_IN
a_DT
man_NN
and_CC
a_DT
woman_NN
._.
anna_NP
(_(
jodie_NP
foster_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
widowed_JJ
british_JJ
schoolteacher_NN
with_IN
a_DT
touch_NN
of_IN
wanderlust_NP
trying_VBG
to_IN
grasp_NN
her_PP
quicksilver_RB
feelings_NNS
concerning_IN
the_DT
recent_JJ
death_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
husband_NN
._.
with_IN
son_NN
in_IN
tow_NN
,_,
she_PP
takes_VBZ
the_DT
employ_VB
of_IN
king_NN
mongkut_???
(_(
chow_NP
yun-fat_NP
)_)
to_IN
tutor_NN
his_PP$
son_NN
in_IN
the_DT
english_JJ
language_NN
._.
mongkut_???
sees_VBZ
the_DT
strength_NN
of_IN
the_DT
british_JJ
and_CC
correctly_RB
surmises_NNS
that_CS
his_PP$
country_NN
's_POS
future_NN
lies_VBZ
in_IN
opening_NN
itself_PPX
up_IN
to_TO
the_DT
ways_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
western_JJ
world_NN
._.
anna_NP
function_NN
is_BEZ
to_TO
help_VB
provide_VB
that_DT
link_NN
._.
the_DT
core_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
deals_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
blossoming_VBG
love_NN
between_IN
anna_NP
and_CC
mongkut_???
as_IN
it_NN
attempts_NNS
to_IN
germinate_VB
in_IN
the_DT
unfriendly_JJ
soil_NN
of_IN
a_DT
shifting_JJ
political_JJ
climate_NN
._.
foster_JJ
plays_NNS
anna_NP
with_IN
equal_JJ
parts_NNS
clenched_VBN
jaw_NN
and_CC
wide-eyed_JJ
wonder_NN
._.
she_PP
is_BEZ
assertive_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
,_,
respectful_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
king_NN
as_IN
she_PP
initially_RB
tries_VBZ
to_IN
impose_VB
her_PP$
western_JJ
sensibilities_NNS
upon_IN
him_PP
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
foster_JJ
's_POS
strongest_JJS
performances_NNS
since_CS
silence_NN
of_IN
the_DT
lambs_NNS
in_IN
a_DT
role_NN
she_PP
could_MD
not_XNOT
have_HV
played_VBN
earlier_RBR
in_IN
her_PP$
career_NN
._.
she_PP
brings_VBZ
a_DT
mature_JJ
self-_???
awareness_NN
and_CC
determination_NN
that_CS
might_MD
not_XNOT
have_HV
come_VBN
across_IN
from_IN
a_DT
younger_JJR
foster_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
joy_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
her_PP
cagily_RB
bargain_VB
for_IN
her_PP$
own_DT
measure_NN
of_IN
influence_NN
within_IN
the_DT
realm_NN
of_IN
mongkut_???
's_NNS
monarchy_NN
._.
when_CS
she_PP
makes_VBZ
her_PP$
entrance_NN
into_IN
a_DT
politically_RB
charged_VBN
banquet_NN
mid-film_NN
,_,
she_PP
exudes_VBZ
a_DT
hypnotic_JJ
beauty_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
deepened_VBN
by_IN
her_PP$
textured_JJ
performance_NN
._.
chow-yun_???
fat_JJ
's_NNS
king_NN
mongkut_???
is_BEZ
every_DT
measure_NN
of_IN
foster_JJ
's_POS
anna_NP
,_,
perhaps_RB
even_RB
more_DT
so_RB
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
chow_NP
yun-fat_NP
that_CS
hong_NP
kong_NP
cinema_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
in_IN
love_NN
with_IN
for_IN
nearly_RB
twenty_CD
years_NNS
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
imposing_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
vulnerable_JJ
,_,
playful_JJ
,_,
but_CC
stern_JJ
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
an_DT
impressively_RB
assured_VBN
and_CC
nuanced_JJ
performance_NN
._.
precious_JJ
time_NN
is_BEZ
stolen_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
155_CD
minutes_NNS
running_VBG
time_NN
by_IN
an_DT
unengaging_NN
subplot_NN
involving_VBG
one_CD
the_DT
king_NN
's_POS
concubines_NNS
(_(
bai_???
ling_???
)_(
and_CC
her_PP$
love_NN
of_IN
a_DT
commoner_NN
._.
it_PP
strikes_VBZ
with_IN
the_DT
subtlety_NN
of_IN
siam_???
's_NNS
fabled_JJ
white_JJ
elephant_NN
as_IN
it_PP
stomps_NNS
through_IN
the_DT
leisurely_JJ
paced_VBD
story_NN
._.
some_DT
may_MD
be_BE
put_VBN
off_IN
by_IN
the_DT
action_NN
filled_VBN
climax_NN
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
although_CS
a_DT
bit_NN
inconsistent_JJ
in_IN
tone_NN
from_IN
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
it_PP
fits_VBZ
within_IN
the_DT
established_JJ
subplot_NN
of_IN
a_DT
perceived_JJ
siege_NN
by_IN
neighboring_VBG
burma_NP
,_,
a_DT
country_NN
backed_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
british_JJ
._.
anna_NP
and_CC
the_DT
king_NN
transcends_NNS
being_BEG
a_DT
predictable_JJ
,_,
traditional_JJ
love_NN
story_NN
by_IN
avoiding_VBG
mawkishness_NN
._.
it_PP
shows_VBZ
a_DT
seduction_NN
of_IN
intelligence_NN
._.
ever_RB
mindful_JJ
of_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
's_POS
positions_NNS
,_,
anna_NP
and_CC
king_NN
mongkut_???
negotiate_VB
a_DT
maze_???
of_IN
social_JJ
customs_NNS
,_,
conflicting_JJ
world_NN
views_NNS
and_CC
lost_JJ
loved_JJ
ones_NNS
to_IN
connect_VB
on_IN
a_DT
level_NN
that_CS
ultimately_RB
proves_VBZ
deeply_RB
satisfying_JJ
,_,
if_CS
not_XNOT
achingly_RB
bittersweet_NN
._.