Manga Productions, affiliated with the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Charitable Foundation (Misk), has launched the premiere of the movie “The Journey,” which is the first Saudi-Japanese “animation” movie.
The animated film provides viewers with an exceptional cinematic experience, as it is the first Saudi movie to be shown to the public using 4DX technology. The film is scheduled to be shown in cinemas in Japan next week.
Dr. Issam Bukhari, CEO of the company that produced the movie, said: “We are proud to release the movie The Journey, which reflects the high level of talented artists from the Kingdom in cooperation with senior experts from Japan, in addition to our quest for excellence in showing local works in the artistic field. The film will be available globally and throughout the Middle East.”
The movie “The Journey” is inspired by the history of the Arabian Peninsula, and tells the story of Aws the Potter with a mysterious past, who fights an epic battle to defend his city. The Saudi voice actor for the hero “Aws” Nassar Al-Nassar commented: “I was honored to have the opportunity to perform the voice of the main character in the movie (The Journey). Being part of a production team that showcases the beauty and culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a great experience, and I am sure that the work will leave viewers eager for more artworks from the people of the Kingdom.”
The artistic director of the film, Sarah Muhammad, pointed out that “the culture of anime is wide and widespread in the Middle East, especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, so being part of the production team of the first Saudi anime film is a great and rich experience. We wanted to preserve the authenticity of Saudi culture in (The Journey) while staying true to the style of anime production, so striking a delicate balance was critical to us. We have no doubt that the film will be a huge success, fulfilling the desire of moviegoers to get local content.”
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