The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven (1961, 1964)

Mainland China. Directed by Wan Laiming (Northsiders in Melbourne:) available to loan from City of Darebin Libraries, Everyone else: can be bought on YESASIA. Made by the same brothers who made Princess Iron Fan in 1941, this film features absolutely beautiful animation – the colours are glorious and the shapes and lines are graceful and…

Princess Iron Fan (Mainland China, 1941)

I dutifully watched this old animated film revolving around the Journey to the West stories about Princess Iron Fan in the interests of research, allowing for the fact that the film is so very old and such an early example of animation from Asia*. Before watching I assumed that I would find the film dated and that I…

My new project: Journey to the West

“Dangerous Meredith’s rapturous rant about cult classic Monkey Magic…” So raves a small part of a promotional blurb about an event being held at the end of February at which I am pledged to give a talk. Some long time and very dear friends are organising this event. Over the years they have been exposed,…