Following its recent release in the Middle East, the Saudi-Japanese anime feature film The Journey has staged its Japanese premiere in Tokyo, attended by the film’s director Kobun Shizuno and executive producer Shinji Shimizu.
The film, set 1,500 years ago and set against the backdrop of the battling civilisations of the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, follows the story of Aws and the people of Makkah who fight against a ruthless general to free themselves and their city.
The Journey was shot in anime-style and was made over a two and half year period by a team of 300 Saudi specialists who worked alongside their Japanese counterparts. The film was made by Manga Production Company, a subsidiary of the Mohammed bin Salman Charitable Foundation (MiSK), in cooperation with Japan’s Toei Animation. It is Manga’s first collaboration with Toei Animation.
Dr. Essam Bukhari, CEO of Manga Production Company, said: “The Kingdom and Japan have built their relationship through trade in oil and other goods, and today this relationship is further strengthened through our close partnership in the field of culture and entertainment.”
The Journey premiered in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, Jeddah and Dubai and is now being shown in cinemas in nine Arab countries. It is also available with 4DX technology — the first Saudi movie to be presented in this format.