Writer and director Aziz Jindani’s animated film, The Donkey King hit cinemas across Pakistan in October last year and had a great run at the box office. The political satire broke previous box office records made by other animated films in Pakistan, grossing Rs. 24.75 crores after running in the cinemas for 25 weeks. According to latest reports, the film is all set to become the first ever Pakistani film to release in South Korea later this month.
“The Donkey King is dubbed in the local language and will be released in South Korea on August 28, 2019,” read the press statement. “This will be the first ever Pakistani animated film to be released theatrically on a large scale in South Korea alongside a slate of other international animated films including Angry Birds 2 and Wonder Park.”
According to Aziz Jindani, this is a huge achievement that a Pakistani film is now reaching newer audiences. “We will however not stop just with the release in South Korea; we are trying to unlock other international markets too. This is a huge stepping stone for the Pakistani film industry as it is creating new benchmarks internationally, giving us much more exposure than we ever had before,” said the filmmaker.
Released under the banner of Geo Films, The Donkey King follows the story of Mangu, a donkey who, in a stroke of luck, becomes king. The film features voiceover artists Jan Rambo, Ismail Tara, Hina Dilpazeer, Ghulam Mohiuddin and Jawed Sheikh.