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 ...
 Monkey / ... (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
Masako Natsume ...
 Tripitaka / ... (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
Shunji Fujimura ...
 Horse / ... (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
 Sandy (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
Cecile Chevreau ...
 Buddha (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
 Monkey (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
(52 episodes, 1978-1980)
Peter Marinker
(52 episodes, 1978-1980)
Jun Negami ...
 Master Jin (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
 Horse / ... (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
Peter Woodthorpe ...
 Pigsy (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
Shiro Kishibe ...
 Sandy (32 episodes)
Toshiyuki Nishida ...
 Pigsy (season 1) / ... (26 episodes, 1978)
Tonpei Hidari ...
 Pigsy (season 2) / ... (26 episodes, 1979-1980)
Shirô Kishibe ...
 Sha Wu-Jing (Sandy) / ... (20 episodes, 1978-1980)


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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1 October 1978 (Japan)  »

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Originally transmitted in Japan as two series of 26 episodes; this was changed to three series of 13 episodes when transmitted in the UK. The final 13 episodes (the second half of series 2) were never translated into English until Fabulours Films translated them for DVD release in 2002. See more »


Monkey: [after finding out that Buddha was female] I always thought Buddha was a fella!
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Buddha said - with our thoughts we build the world
8 June 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Monkey Magic is just the best childrens(?) series in the world. I remember watching it on Children's Tv when I was 5 or 6 years old - despite the time gap, I could still vividly remember the music, Monkey's kung-fu fights and his magic staff. As soon as the videos came out, I was determined to buy a copy..... and I was not disappointed! The fact is, Monkey is an oaf who wants it all (he's still likeable just because of his effrontery - challenging Buddha, what chutzpah!), but as he sets on his mission with Tripitaka you can see that he does have plenty of good qualities. Pigsy is amusing because of his lustful nature, Sandy is a bit earnest and Tripitaka is just untouchable. The soundtrack is funky man! The dated nature of the fx just add to the appeal of Monkey and the fights are still wicked. You do learn a bit about Buddhism as well. Buy the videos and have a good night in with your friends.

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