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Monkey 

Saiyûki (original title)
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
Shirô Kishibe Shirô Kishibe ...  Sandy / ... 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
Toshiyuki Nishida Toshiyuki Nishida ...  Pigsy (season 1) / ... 26 episodes, 1978
Tonpei Hidari Tonpei Hidari ...  Pigsy (season 2) / ... 26 episodes, 1979-1980
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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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Trivia

Made with an ensemble cast and on low budget. Sets are clearly recycled from episode to episode, and the supporting cast can be the King one episode, a demon the next, and a gambler in the one after that. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: The wicked go to hells, the good go to heavens and the pure neither live nor even die... but those hit on the head tend to fall unconscious.
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Connections

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

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Monkey is Magic!
6 August 2003 | by chanelit-1See all my reviews

Warning - once you hear the theme tune to this show, you'll never totally get it out of your head!

Monkey Magic is probably the craziest and most enjoyable TV series of the 1970s and I have very fond memories of watching it as a small child, growing up. Recently, the videos became available and I bought one just to see if it was as fun as I remember - and it is!!

Monkey Magic rules!


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 October 1978 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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