An adaptation of a Chinese folktale about a pilgrimage to the West undertaken by a monk and his divine guardians.
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1980   1979   1978   Unknown  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Masaaki Sakai ...
 Monkey / ... (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
Masako Natsume ...
 Tripitaka / ... (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
Shunji Fujimura ...
 Horse / ... (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
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 Sandy (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
Cecile Chevreau ...
 Buddha (52 episodes, 1978-1980)
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 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)
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Storyline

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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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 »

Quotes

[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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Remade as Saiyûki (2007) See more »

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Monkey Magic!!
14 March 2003 | by (Liverpool, England) – See all my reviews

This series is now being played every Thursday in England on Channel 4 thank god.

I won't explain what it's about because it is too crazy. Just watch it, it's the funniest series I think ever made.

Rating 9/10. Fantastic for those who like watching a good fight every episode!.


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