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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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1980   1979   1978  

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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, 1978-1979
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

The UK DVD release, cross-promoted by Channel Four whilst they showed the original cult English Language Dub in the early 2000s, consisted of 13 DVDs of the very same 39 original late 1970s dubbed episodes. Confusingly, this DVD release version had each disc with 3 episodes of the 39 UK Dub in original UK broadcast order, followed by 1 episode of the skipped batch of episodes. For example the original version of the fifth skipped episode, that was much later in the series run, that didn't receive an original dubbed episode, was the 4th "bonus" episode on disc 5. If you were to follow the entire run in original order, you would have to double back to the DVD 4th episodes to fill in the gaps. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: When what is indestructible meets what is irresistable, the female all too often wins.
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Connections

Referenced in Paprika (2006) See more »

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Monkey Magic!!
14 March 2003 | by HORROR_FAN_1See all my reviews

This series is now being played every Thursday in England on Channel 4 thank god.

I won't explain what it's about because it is too crazy. Just watch it, it's the funniest series I think ever made.

Rating 9/10. Fantastic for those who like watching a good fight every episode!.


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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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