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Tie shan gong zhu (1941)

Three travelers needing to pass through a fiery mountain seek the magical fan of a princess, but she does not wish to part with it.

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Wan Laiming, Guchan Wan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Wan Chaochen Wan Chaochen ... (voice)
Chizuko Kanda Chizuko Kanda ... (Japanese version) (voice)
Wan Laiming Wan Laiming ... (voice)
Shuichi Makino Shuichi Makino ... (Japanese version) (voice)
Musei Tokugawa Musei Tokugawa ... (Japanese version) (voice)
Dihuan Wan Dihuan Wan ... (voice)
Guchan Wan Guchan Wan ... (voice)
Ichiro Yamano Ichiro Yamano ... (Japanese version) (voice)
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Storyline

Three travelers needing to pass through a fiery mountain seek the magical fan of a princess, but she does not wish to part with it.

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Genres:

Animation | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1 January 1941 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Prinzessin mit dem Eisenfächer See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First full-length Chinese cartoon, which owed some of its success to its anti-Japanese tone. See more »

Goofs

When Princess Iron Fan first meets with Sun Wukong, she is wearing white pants. However when she first steps through the door there are several frames in which they are black. See more »

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Are we following the villains?
30 April 2017 | by peefynSee all my reviews

The plot of this movie is probably more interesting for those who are familiar with the original story. Basically there's three henchmen, and they're supposed to get a fan from a princess so that they can put out a magic fire that's in the way for them. As I am not familiar with the original story, I have to admit that I thought the three henchmen were supposed to be considered the bad guys (and I'm still not entirely convinced that the movie for some reasons takes the side of the villains).

It's interesting that the movie opens with a text saying that it's not a fantastical story, but a metaphorical one. Perhaps the metaphors are more obvious for the audience it was made for.

Today, it's the animation that makes this movie interesting. At times it's actually quite good, and with an interesting style. But mostly it's really bad. The rotoscoping is often quite fluid (and nice), but anything that could not be rotoscoped (like the animal faces, or exaggerated movements) is quite jarring. Perfectly understandable (this is one of the first animated features in the world, and the first one from China), and still interesting to watch. It lives up to it's reputation: Obviously influenced by American animation, but still very much Asian.


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