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Monkey Goes West (1966)

Xi you ji (original title)
16th-century novel recounting the efforts of a Buddhist monk and his magical companions to travel to India and bring back Buddhist sutras.

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Diana Chung-Wen Chang ...
Miss. Gao
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Tina Chin-Fei ...
Green Snake Demon's Daughter
Eun-hie Choi ...
(as Choi Eun-hee)
Mei Sheng Fan ...
3rd Prince of West Dragon King
Fan Ho ...
Choi Ji-Hee
Pao-Shu Kao
Feng Ku ...
Gao's Servant
Wei Lieh Lan ...
King of Black Wind
Ying Lee ...
Master Gao
Hsiao Chung Li
Mei Mao
Mars ...
Little Turtle Demon
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16th-century novel recounting the efforts of a Buddhist monk and his magical companions to travel to India and bring back Buddhist sutras.

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beautifully restored Shaw Brothers classic
7 September 2003 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

This film version tells an early segment of the lengthy Chinese folk tale Journey to the West. The newly released (in Hong Kong, anyway) DVD version has been digitally restored, and so the visual and audio presentation is at least as good as it was at its 1966 release, with full, rich color and sound (I kept thinking of the restored version of The Wizard of Oz, with the almost-too-bright colors).

The film clearly was made for Chinese audiences who would have been familiar with the story. Consequently, much of the history of Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy is brief to nonexistant, which is a shame, as it's central to understanding how they came to be together. Nonetheless, it's thoroughly enjoyable; even the musical numbers.

Celestial Pictures has also released another story from Journey to the West, Princess Iron Fan, with many of the same characters.


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