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 ...
Cecile Chevreau ...
Jun Negami ...
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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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 »


[opening narration]
Narrator: In the worlds before Monkey, primal chaos reigned. Heaven sought order, but the phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown. The four worlds formed again and yet again, as endless aeons wheeled and passed. Time and the pure essences of Heaven, the moisture of the Earth, the powers of the Sun and the Moon all worked upon a certain rock old as creation, and it magically became fertile. That first egg was named Thought. Tatagatha Buddha, the father Buddha said "With our ...
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The nature of Monkey was......irrepressible
10 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This show was the best! I used to love the craziness of it.

I remember the pilot episode( i have it on video somewhere) where monkey went to heaven to "kick off" with the Jade emperor was a hoot!

especially when monkey meets the dragon kings daughter to claim his weapon (the magic wishing staff).

Dragon kings daughter calls monkey a "passionate Primate" and tells monkey to make his stick "grow Big!".

An absolute classic. A must see!.

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Get out there and grab a copy now!

You wont be disappointed!.

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