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…

In the worlds before Monkey, primal chaos reigned…

“The nature of Monkey was irrepressible!” Remember the Japanese TV show ‘Monkey’? Did you know that it was an adaptation of an ancient classical Chinese novel; or that the story has been remade oodles of time as Chinese Opera, theatre, animation and kung fu movies? I am working on a talk about this most enduring…

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,…