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Animation / Malek Khorshid

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Malek Khorshid (The Sun King in English) is a 1975 animated film by Ali Akbar Sadeghi. Based loosely on a tale from The Shahnameh, it follows a wealthy king who has everything a man could possibly want, except for love. One day, while exploring his palace, he discovers a painting of a beautiful woman with a blue rose, and becomes smitten. He goes on a journey in search of her, following where the blue roses take him...


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This work contains examples of:

  • Made of Iron: The king gets pounded into the ground like a nail, by a giant, and comes out of it no worse for the wear.
  • Made of Plasticine: ...The giant, on the other hand, shatters like glass when hit with one of his clubs.
  • Painting the Medium: The king shouts, and uses his speech bubble to climb out of a hole. Soon after, he flips the frame back to show someone the woman of his dreams.
  • Silence Is Golden: There is no spoken dialogue, aside from a couple bits of laughter, and a giant crying in rage.