Saudi-Japanese anime ‘The Journey’ premieres in Hong Kong

Saudi-Japanese anime ‘The Journey’ premieres in Hong Kong

Directed by Shizuno Kobon, the film tells an epic story of the ancient civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, establishing a historical imagination for future generations.

Saudi Japanese anime The journeyproduced by Manga Productions, a subsidiary of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s MiSK Foundation, premiered in Hong Kong on the sidelines of the Asia MENA Culture Technology Economic Collaboration Forum.

The film, co-produced by Manga Productions and Japan’s Toei Animation, is the first animated collaboration between the two Asian countries.

The premiere on 19 December was attended by government representatives, Middle East diplomats, entertainment industry executives and journalists from Chinese news channels.

Directed by Shizuno Kobun, The journey was shot with anime-style animation and took two and a half years to make.

The journey has been shown in several Asian countries, including Malaysia, Japan and Indonesia.

Manga Productions, Salon Films and Digital Daylight Animation have agreed to an exclusive deal to distribute The journey In Asia.

As part of the premiere and in a step to strengthen relations between Saudi Arabia and China, Manga Productions and Hong Kong film production company Salon Films signed a memorandum of understanding to provide internship opportunities for young Saudi talents in distribution, film production and film financing.

Commenting on this partnership, Essam Bukhary, Managing Director of Manga Productions and Executive Producer of The journeysaid: “We aim to build a unique friendship with our partners in China in the distribution market of creative content and talent development. Several Saudi generations have enjoyed Chinese movies, and it is time for us to share Saudi content, and starting with ‘The Journey’, which was able to register unprecedented successes, leaving a Saudi footprint in the creative content industry in various global markets.”

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Salon Films Chairman Fred Wang said: “We are delighted to be part of the Asian distribution of The journey and to share this unique anime film with audiences in various Asian territories. We believe more exciting and innovative content will be produced over the next few years with more collaborations between Asia and the Middle East.”

Inspired by Arabic folklore, The journey tells the story of Aws, a potter with a secret past, who is caught in an epic battle to defend his city. Japanese dubbing artists include well-known names in the Japanese region such as Toru Furuya, Takaya Kuroda and Hiroshi Kimiya, while the Arabic version has been dubbed by artists such as Abdu Shaheen, Rasha Rizq and Nassar AlNassar.

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