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Masao Yokota and Tze-yue G. Hu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038099

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038099.001.0001

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Reflections on the Wan Brothers’ Letter to Japan

Reflections on the Wan Brothers’ Letter to Japan

The Making of Princess Iron Fan

(p.34) Reflections on the Wan Brothers’ Letter to Japan
Japanese Animation

Tze-yue G. Hu

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines a letter handwritten by the Chinese pioneer animators, the Wan brothers, at the height of World War II. Dated September 13, 1942, and written in baihua Chinese, the brothers authored the letter upon the request of the late film critic and executive, Shimizu Akira (1916–1997), who visited them in Shanghai. Although the letter’s content is entirely about Chinese animation, it also bears significance to Japanese animation. The Wan brothers also made a film titled Princess Iron Fan (Tie shan gong zhu in Chinese and Tetsusen kōshu in Japanese), which was warmly received by audiences in China and parts of Southeast Asia. The letter offers information on Princess Iron Fan, its production process, the creative and economic problems encountered, and the attempts that were made to overcome them.

Keywords:   letter, Wan brothers, World War II, Shimizu Akira, Chinese animation, Japanese animation, Princess Iron Fan, China

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