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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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)
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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 <u5ms@csc.liv.ac.uk>

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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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[opening theme song]
Chorus: Born from an egg on a mountaintop / The funkiest monkey that ever rocked / He knew every magic trick under the sun / To tease the gods and everyone, and have some fun / Monkey magic, Monkey magic! Monkey magic, Monkey magic! Monkey magic, Monkey magic! Monkey magic, Monkey magic!
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Pigsey?
22 September 2003 | by (Finchley) – See all my reviews

How can this be faulted. The great dubbing!! the fight scenes!! the monkey magic!!

I am not joking, this is just full of magic, the charicters, Pigsey, Monster, Monkey. And the indeterminable sex of the master.

And the excellent storylines, you almost felt you had become buddist after watching an episode.

9/10


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