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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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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


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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monkey | legend | china | buddhism | india | See All (34) »


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Release Date:

1 October 1978 (Japan) See more »

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Monkey See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


[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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Version of A Chinese Odyssey: Part One - Pandora's Box (1995) See more »

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Funky 70's kung-fu adventure
9 June 1999 | by dijon-2See all my reviews

Before there was humans on the earth, there was just monkeys and demons. Saiyuki (monkey) was the king of the monkeys, loud, rude and aggressive he demands the gods that he be made powerful, because he defeats the demons. After a trip to heaven he gets all the magic and power he wants, but he annoys in the gods and he manages to urinate on the finger of the Buddha.

So he is banished to earth thousands of years later with the task of protecting a young Buddhist preist Tripitaka. Along with a Pigmonster called Pigsy and a Fishdemon called Sandy he gets in too all sorts of kung fu fights while protecting Tripitaka.

Monkey can rides on his own cloud, make himself small, change into animals, stuff like that.

Very entertaining, with a funky soundtrack, and hilarious English dubbing. Ahhhhhhh Monkey!!!

9 out of ten

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