Monkey (1978–1980)
"Saiyûki" (original title)

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An adaptation of a Chinese folktale about a pilgrimage to the West undertaken by a monk and his divine guardians.

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Series cast summary:
Masaaki Sakai ...
 Sun Wu-Kong (Monkey) / ... (20 episodes, 1978-1980)
Shirô Kishibe ...
 Sha Wu-Jing (Sandy) / ... (20 episodes, 1978-1980)
Masako Natsume ...
 Xuanzang Sanzang (Tripitaka) / ... (20 episodes, 1978-1980)
Peter Woodthorpe ...
 Pigsy (14 episodes, 1978-1980)
Toshiyuki Nishida ...
 Zhu Ba-Jie (Pigsy season 1) (13 episodes, 1978)
Tonpei Hidari ...
 Cho Hakkai (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
Shunji Fujimura ...
 Gyokuryû (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
Takayuki Akutagawa ...
 Himself - Narrator (7 episodes, 1979-1980)


Monkey is the story by Wu Ch'êng-ên based on the ancient Chinese legend tracing the origins of Buddhism. It follows the adventures of Tripitaka and disciples Pigsy, Sandy and of course Monkey, on their journey from China to India to fetch the large vehicle holy scriptures which will save the world. Written by Matt Sephton <>

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Made with an ensemble cast and on low budget. Sets are clearly recycled from episode to episode, and the supporting cast can be the King one episode, a demon the next, and a gambler in the one after that. See more »


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Funky 70's kung-fu adventure
9 June 1999 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Before there was humans on the earth, there was just monkeys and demons. Saiyuki (monkey) was the king of the monkeys, loud, rude and aggressive he demands the gods that he be made powerful, because he defeats the demons. After a trip to heaven he gets all the magic and power he wants, but he annoys in the gods and he manages to urinate on the finger of the Buddha.

So he is banished to earth thousands of years later with the task of protecting a young Buddhist preist Tripitaka. Along with a Pigmonster called Pigsy and a Fishdemon called Sandy he gets in too all sorts of kung fu fights while protecting Tripitaka.

Monkey can rides on his own cloud, make himself small, change into animals, stuff like that.

Very entertaining, with a funky soundtrack, and hilarious English dubbing. Ahhhhhhh Monkey!!!

9 out of ten

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