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Alakazam the Great (1960)

Saiyûki (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Family | 14 July 1961 (USA)
A monkey king who learns the secrets of magic goes on a spree and causes no end of aggravation for the gods, who finally imprison him. In order to make up for all the trouble he's caused, ... See full summary »

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Goro Kontaibo, Lee Kresel (english version) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kiyoshi Komiyama Kiyoshi Komiyama ... Son Gokû (voice)
Noriko Shindô Noriko Shindô ... RinRin (voice)
Hideo Kinoshita Hideo Kinoshita ... Cho Hakkai (voice)
Setsuo Shinoda Setsuo Shinoda ... Sa Gojô (voice)
Nobuaki Sekine Nobuaki Sekine ... Sanzô hôshi (voice)
Kunihisa Takeda Kunihisa Takeda ... Shaka-nyorai (voice)
Katsuko Ozaki Katsuko Ozaki ... Kanzeon-bosatsu (voice)
Michiko Shirasaka Michiko Shirasaka ... Shoryo (voice)
Kinshirô Iwao Kinshirô Iwao ... Gyûmaô (voice)
Tamae Kato Tamae Kato ... Rasetsu-jo (voice)
Kiyoshi Kawakubo Kiyoshi Kawakubo ... Kinkaku daiô (voice)
Shûichi Kazamatsuri Shûichi Kazamatsuri ... Ginkaku daiô (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frankie Avalon ... Alakazam (singing voice)
Sterling Holloway ... Narrator (voice)
Jackie Joseph ... (voice)
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Storyline

A monkey king who learns the secrets of magic goes on a spree and causes no end of aggravation for the gods, who finally imprison him. In order to make up for all the trouble he's caused, he is sent on a mission to accompany a prince who is the son of the gods on a journey through a land filled with dangers, monsters, cannibals and demons. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

14 July 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alakazam the Great! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »

Quotes

Alakazam: He has a steady income too, an unemployment check every week!
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Great Chinese Literature (incognito)
17 August 1998 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

I loved this movie in the 1960's when it used to play regularly on a television channel in Buffalo, New York. What a shock when I saw it recently! The dubbed American version is disjointed and pretty silly, but that's not the big surprise. It is clear from watching it now that the Japanese film underlying it is a retelling of part of the epic Chinese classic, The Journey to the West, written by Wu Cheng-En in the 16th century. In The Journey to the West -- the standard English translation is by Arthur Waley -- the monk Tripitaka is travelling to India seeking rare Buddhist scriptures, which were later housed in the Big Goose Pagoda still standing today in Xi'an, a city best-known to Westerners for its terracotta warriors. The monk has many adventures along the way, accompanied by his friends Sun Wu-Kong / Monkey (here called Alakazam) and Chu Pa-Kie / Pigsy. Throughout the Far East, these characters are known to everyone and are fixtures of popular culture. Hot-tempered, impetuous Monkey / Alakazam is the particular favourite of little boys of all ages. Watch this movie and try to guess what is actually going on in the Japanese film.


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