An adaptation of a Chinese folktale about a pilgrimage to the West undertaken by a monk and his divine guardians.
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1981   1980   1979   1978   Unknown  

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Masaaki Sakai Masaaki Sakai ...  Monkey / ... 52 episodes, 1978-1980
Masako Natsume Masako Natsume ...  Tripitaka / ... 52 episodes, 1978-1980
Shunji Fujimura ...  Horse / ... 52 episodes, 1978-1980
Gareth Armstrong ...  Sandy 52 episodes, 1978-1980
Cecile Chevreau Cecile Chevreau ...  Buddha 52 episodes, 1978-1980
David Collings ...  Monkey 52 episodes, 1978-1980
Miriam Margolyes 52 episodes, 1978-1980
Peter Marinker 52 episodes, 1978-1980
Jun Negami Jun Negami ...  Master Jin 52 episodes, 1978-1980
Andrew Sachs ...  Horse / ... 52 episodes, 1978-1980
Peter Woodthorpe ...  Pigsy 52 episodes, 1978-1980
Shiro Kishibe Shiro Kishibe ...  Sandy 32 episodes
Toshiyuki Nishida Toshiyuki Nishida ...  Pigsy (season 1) / ... 26 episodes, 1978
Tonpei Hidari Tonpei Hidari ...  Pigsy (season 2) / ... 26 episodes, 1979-1980
Shirô Kishibe Shirô Kishibe ...  Sha Wu-Jing (Sandy) / ... 20 episodes, 1978-1980
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 October 1978 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Monkey See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Narrator: When what is indestructible meets what is irresistable, the female all too often wins.
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Referenced in Paprika (2006) See more »

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From the Cosmic Egg...
21 November 2000 | by FrekiSee all my reviews

'Monkey!' was obviously created, imported, & then overdubbed by mad geniuses. It's cheesey, it's deranged, it's surreal, it's brilliantly, hysterically funny. And it's better now than when I was 9, which is astonishing.


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