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 Masaaki Sakai ...  Monkey / ... 52 episodes, 1978-1980
Masako Natsume Masako Natsume ...  Tripitaka / ... 52 episodes, 1978-1980
Shunji Fujimura 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


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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Release Date:

1 October 1978 (Japan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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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 »


[opening theme song]
Chorus: Born from an egg on a mountaintop / The funkiest monkey that ever rocked / He knew every magic trick under the sun / To tease the gods and everyone, and have some fun / Monkey magic, Monkey magic! Monkey magic, Monkey magic! Monkey magic, Monkey magic! Monkey magic, Monkey magic!
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Now that's what you call a 'TV show'!
20 August 2006 | by maxyg18See all my reviews

MONKEY is surely one of the best shows to have ever been shown on TV. I remember when I was a kid, I'd go to my grandma's house every Saturday morning and I'd turn on the TV so I could watch MONKEY. I loved it. It had kickass action scenes, cool special effects, a great story, a fantastic theme song that was guaranteed to never leave your head and hilarious dubbing. But it is kind of weird that it's set in China and the actors are Japanese and filmed in Japan, but that is no stop towards making this TV show lovable.

MONKEY is about the adventures of three people: Pigsy (Toshiyuki Nishida), Sandy (Shirô Kishibe) and of course, the unforgettable and most lovable character, Monkey (Masaaki Sakai) who travel from China to India to get a bunch of holy scrolls in order to save the world.

MONKEY is great fun and it's magic.

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