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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 »




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)


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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Did You Know?


This movie is based on the epic Chinese novel A Journey to the West written by Wu Cheng-En in the 16th Century China about the adventures of the Monkey King accompanying a Buddhist monk traveling to India to collect rare scrolls to bring home to China. This story has been the basis of many movies, television shows and plays. See more »


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Version of Enoken no songokû: songokû zenko-hen (1940) See more »

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Beautiful Japanese Fantasy!
28 April 2006 | by phillindholmSee all my reviews

Like others on this site, I have warm memories of this film, having watched it since I was a child. American International did a fine job, in my opinion, of dubbing the picture. What makes their version of "Alakazam The Great" for me though, is the truly beautiful score by Les Baxter (an AIP regular) which perfectly complimented the visuals. A soundtrack album was released back in '61, which I found 35 years ago--at a thrift shop in excellent condition. HBO video released a widescreen videotape of the film about 10 years ago. They did a great job--wonderful picture and sound. Alas, it went out of print when the AIP package changed hands. MGM (now Sony) holds the rights. Hopefully, one day, they will release a DVD.

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Release Date:

14 July 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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