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Saiyûki (1960)

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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alakazam (singing voice)
Narrator (voice)
Jackie Joseph ...


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

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Release Date:

14 July 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alakazam the Great!  »

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


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 Songoku: The Road to the West (1959) See more »

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The Greatest Lost Animated Classic
15 March 2003 | by (Jakarta, Indonesia) – See all my reviews

I fortunately as a child was able to see this film twice, and the memories have out-lasted many of those of the Disney classics that bombarded my adolescent senses at the same time. For years I have scoured video bins worldwide in an attempt to locate a copy of this long last classic, but as yet to no avail. This, in my opinion, is one of the greatest and most memorable animated films and stories presented to date (that is the US-dubbed and scored version, for I've never seen the original Japanese version). Great characters and animation, awesome moralistic and quasi-religious end messages, and a just plane fantastic story. The depth is nearly as great as that of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Putting aside all the lost cinema gems still kicking around the depths of my childhood memories, this is the one I would most like to revisit and share with the children of today.

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