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The Monkey King and his gang are confronted by the evil Princess Iron Fan, Madam White Bone and her two sexy sisters.


Meng Hua Ho


Kang Cheng (screenplay)




Credited cast:
Pat Ting Hung ... Princess Iron Fan
Fan Ho ... Tripitaka Tang Hsuan
Hua Yueh ... Sun Wu-kung - the Monkey King
Pei-Pei Cheng ... White Skeleton
Lily Ho ... Sister White Skeleton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miao Ching ... The Ox King
Li Jen Ho ... Disenfranchised villager
Feng Ku ... Distraught old man
Wen Chung Ku ... Wu Jing-chi
Lily Li ... Chambermaid
Yin-Tze Pan ... Cavern dancer
Peng Peng ... Pigsy
Yi Shen ... Mistress Fox spirit
Shun Tien Shun Tien ... Sandy
Hsiu Wen Hsiu Wen ... Distraught old woman


The Monkey King and his gang are confronted by the evil Princess Iron Fan, Madam White Bone and her two sexy sisters.

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Adventure | Fantasy




Hong Kong



Release Date:

9 August 1966 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Princess Iron Fan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Followed by The Cave of the Silken Web (1967) See more »

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PRINCESS IRON FAN - second Monkey King film offers 3 fine actresses
30 January 2005 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

PRINCESS IRON FAN is the second in a series of Shaw Bros. live-action adaptations of "Journey to the West," the mythological tale of a quest from China to India to bring back Buddhist scriptures, famous for the adventures of Sun Wukong, the notorious Monkey King. This one focuses on two distinct incidents from the saga. The first involves Monkey King's encounter with Princess Iron Fan and the Ox King and his attempt to get the Iron Fan from them to fan out the fire on Flame Mountain blocking the way of the Tang Monk and his party. The second deals with Lady White Skeleton and her sister and their attempt to abduct the Tang Monk away from Sun Wukong's protection in order to eat his flesh and become immortal. The decision to limit the movie to two episodes in a 93-minute film, each with a distinct beginning, middle, and end, makes for better storytelling and greater entertainment value. It's helped considerably by the quality of the acting, especially the three female Shaw Bros. stars who play Princess Iron Fan (Pat Ting Hung), Lady White Skeleton (swashbuckling star Cheng Pei-Pei) and her sister (Lily Ho). Each of these characters is beautiful and sexy, but also crafty and duplicitous, and they give the resourceful Monkey King quite a challenge. In one very funny scene Monkey impersonates the Ox King to seduce Princess Iron Fan and learn from her the whereabouts of the fan. But then the real Ox King shows up.

The actresses all play it with a certain amount of Peking Opera stylization, as befitting the theatrical conventions that have traditionally told these stories. They're an absolute delight to watch, as are all the other actors, including Yueh Hua, who usually played stolid hero types in swordplay movies (TWELVE GOLDEN MEDALLIONS) or supporting roles in ensemble casts (KILLER CLANS), but rarely got the chance to really show his stuff as he does here in his role as the Monkey King.

The makeup works fine and the special effects are simple but effective. The action is photographed on lavish Shaw Bros. sets and picturesque Taiwan locations. The original Chinese music score draws on traditional instruments and melodies. The first film in the series was THE MONKEY GOES WEST and the subsequent ones were CAVE OF SILKEN WEB (listed on IMDb as POON SHUT DUNG and also reviewed) and LAND OF MANY PERFUMES.

The tale of Princess Iron Fan was also told in the first Asian animated feature, PRINCESS IRON FAN, produced in Shanghai (in black-and-white) in 1941.

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