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A monkey king who learns the secrets of magic goes on a spree and causes no end of aggravation for the gods, who finally imprison him. In order to make up for all the trouble he's caused, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Kiyoshi Komiyama ...
Son Gokû (voice)
Noriko Shindô ...
RinRin (voice)
Hideo Kinoshita ...
Cho Hakkai (voice)
Setsuo Shinoda ...
Sa Gojô (voice)
Nobuaki Sekine ...
Sanzô hôshi (voice)
Kunihisa Takeda ...
Shaka-nyorai (voice)
Katsuko Ozaki ...
Kanzeon-bosatsu (voice)
Michiko Shirasaka ...
Shoryo (voice)
Kinshirô Iwao ...
Gyûmaô (voice)
Tamae Kato ...
Rasetsu-jo (voice)
Shigeru Kawakubo ...
Kinkaku daiô (voice)
Shûichi Kazamatsuri ...
Ginkaku daiô (voice)
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Alakazam (singing voice)
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Jackie Joseph ...
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A monkey king who learns the secrets of magic goes on a spree and causes no end of aggravation for the gods, who finally imprison him. In order to make up for all the trouble he's caused, he is sent on a mission to accompany a prince who is the son of the gods on a journey through a land filled with dangers, monsters, cannibals and demons. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Wham! Bam! Here come the 13 fabulous, hilarious miracles of ... Alakazam the Great! See more »


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14 July 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alakazam the Great!  »

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Trivia

This movie is based on a spoof written in twelfth-century China of the adventures of a giant Buddhist monk who went to India to collect rare scrolls to bring home to the monks at his own monastery. See more »

Quotes

DeeDee: Take me with you!
Alakazam: It's no place for women. Besides, magicians don't like girls. They saw them in half!
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Version of Journey to the West (1986) See more »

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RAW IMAGINATION IN AN EARLY JAPANESE-ANIMATED IMPORT
5 June 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Over the years, I have seen many reviews that have mercilessly slagged ALAKAZAM THE GREAT as a bad movie, and it even made it into the highly questionable book THE 50 WORST FILMS OF ALL TIME. The question I have is: did all of you who hate this movie see the same film that I did when I was a youngster? I have shown many children this film over the years and not one of them failed to enjoy it.

ALAKAZAM THE GREAT is loosely based on the Wu Cheng-En classic JOURNEY TO THE WEST, a landmark of Chinese epic literature, and tells the story of an arrogant monkey king who learns the secrets of magic and becomes a cosmic pain in the ass. After a brief rampage through the heavens, he is imprisoned by the gods and eventually sent on a pilgrimage to atone for his sins and learn humility. The monkey must escort a young prince (who is the son of the gods) through a series of insanely lethal adventures in a land teeming with demons and monsters of every description, picking up a couple of unusual traveling companions along the way (an anthropomorphic pig-man and a burrowing cannibal). Much magic and cartoon ass-whuppin' ensues, and despite the (mercifully brief) musical numbers, this film has raw imagination to spare. Fast-paced and fun, this is not the dud that some would lead you to believe. Give it a chance!


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