Tie Shan Gongzhu

What would you like to edit?

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Saiyuki: Tessen Koushu no Maki, Princess Iron Fan
Japanese: 鐵扇公主


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 1, 1941
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Other
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 13 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 5.461 (scored by 307307 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #102432
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #11281
Members: 853
Favorites: 0

External Links

Ranked #10243Popularity #11281Members 853
Add to List
Episodes: /1
buy from amazon
* Your list is public by default.


Tang Sanzang and his three protectors—Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie, and Sha Wujing—are journeying far to the west when they encounter "Fire Mountain." The flames of Fire Mountain are so ferocious that no man dares to brave its scorching flames; unfortunately, there is no other path to their destination.

A local villager informs Tang Sanzang that Princess Iron Fan owns a magical fan that can quench the mountain's fire. However, she is also unlikely to give it to them, as Sun Wukong previously angered her husband, the Bull Demon King. Unwilling to give up their journey, the three protectors must use their shape-shifting powers and formulate a plan to steal the magical fan from the grasp of the princess.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


No background information has been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding background information here.

Characters & Voice Actors

No characters or voice actors have been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding characters or voice actors here.


No staff for this anime have been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding staff for this anime here.


Opening Theme

No opening themes have been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding an opening theme here.

Ending Theme

No ending themes have been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding an ending theme here.

May 19, 2012
jonahthefurious (All reviews)
After seeing Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in 1937, the Wan Brothers in China were inspired to created their own feature-length film in 1941. Princess Iron Fan was the result, China's first feature-length animated film.

STORY - 7/10
Based off of the Journey to the West from the sixteenth century, it follows the Buddhist priest Tripitaka and his three bodyguards Monkey, Pigsy, and Sandy as they come across a cruel buffalo-headed king who controls a mountain of fire and his wife who has the only item that will allow them to pass - a magic iron fan. Monkey has to defeat the princess in read more
Mar 14, 2019
Assthete (All reviews)
When adapting a simple tale, all you can fuck up with is, well, the adaptation. The reason why Snow White is so acclaimed and memorable isn't because of its ingenious storytelling, but rather its audiovisual timelessness. By displaying so much prowess, it stood the test of time quite effortlessly. The same cannot be said about Wan Brothers' attempt to make animation on pair with Disney's high quality standards.

Tie Shan Gongzhu is fluid with passable backgrounds... and as far as presentation goes that is pretty much it. On the negative side however, everything is kinda messed up. The positioning of cels is inconsistent throughout, the read more
Nov 22, 2020
pvoberstein (All reviews)
While I cannot in good conscience recommend the 1941 Chinese animated film Princess Iron Fan, I can tell you that it’s like nothing you’ve ever watched before.

There are movies that make you feel stoned, movies that make you feel like you’re tripping, but this is the first movie that’s made me feel drunk. The action is an absolutely insane kaleidoscope, paired with an animation style that goes straight to the lowest point of the Uncanny Valley and then starts digging. The rotoscoping is so smooth that half the time the characters move like they’re live-action, which becomes really weirdly unsettling when they start transforming their read more
Feb 24, 2021
AlanDSouza1 (All reviews)
As one of the first feature length animated films ever made (the 12th documented one), Princess Iron Fan has to be applauded for its ambition in both technical and narrative scope. Portraying a singular story set within the Journey to the West canon, this Chinese film was filmed and broadcasted during the Japanese occupation of the Middle Kingdom and inspired a gamut of artists in Japan and around the world to create their own feature length narratives. More than anything else, I can see heavy influences of Fleischer in this work, but there are distinctive Chinese aesthetics and stylistic syllogisms in place that give the read more

Recent News

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Tie Shan Gongzhu Episode 1 Discussion
Abajur - Sep 10, 2017
8 replies by LisbonMapping »»
Jun 8, 10:44 PM

Recent Featured Articles

A Comprehensive Guide to Chinese Anime

A Comprehensive Guide to Chinese Anime

Just about everyone on this site is familiar with Japanese Animation (anime), but what about their next-door neighbors across the ocean? In this article, we’ll take a look into the development of Chinese anime, from its beginnings to the present, and some examples to check out.