Made in 1975, this animated short film is based on a story from Iranian folklore,. A prince fall in love with beautiful girl the moment he sees her picture, he travels to seven cities in order to find her, encountering various character along the way.


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...


"Among ...Sadeghi's most iconic projects during his time at Kanoon was Malek ol-Khorshid (King of the Sun, 1975), a magical animation inspired by the tenth-century Persian epic The Shahnameh (The Book of Kings)."


1977 Honorary Diploma, Festival International de Court Metrage pour la Juenesse, Paris


Directed by

Ali Akbar Sadeghi

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)

Ahmad Reza Ahmadi

Ali Akbar Sadeghi

Parviz Davayi

Music by

Dariush Dolatshahi

Cinematography by

Mohammad Feyjani

Mehdi Samakar

Animation Department

Ali Akbar Sadeghi

Production Companies:

The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults


The Sun King

Animation - 1975


Lost in Fame  2014 - 2015

Retell  2015 - 2016

Unwritten  2011 - 2013

Calligraphorm  2012

Camouflage  2010 - 2011

Love & War  1970 - 2010

Travel Pieces  2007- 2013

Rebirth  2006 - 2008

Hazy  2005- 2006

The Game  2005 - 2007

The Nails  2004 - 2005

Coalition  2001 - 2002

Myth & Math  1975 - 2005

Sketches  1975 - 2005

Whispers  1983 - 1995

Book Illustrations 1975 -80

Vitray  1950 - 1970

Animations  1971 - 1977

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