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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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 »

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Narrator: The wicked go to hells, the good go to heavens and the pure neither live nor even die... but those hit on the head tend to fall unconscious.
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Monkey is Magic!
6 August 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Warning - once you hear the theme tune to this show, you'll never totally get it out of your head!

Monkey Magic is probably the craziest and most enjoyable TV series of the 1970s and I have very fond memories of watching it as a small child, growing up. Recently, the videos became available and I bought one just to see if it was as fun as I remember - and it is!!

Monkey Magic rules!


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