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The Monkey Goes West (1966)

Xi you ji (original title)
16th-century novel recounting the efforts of a Buddhist monk and his magical companions to travel to India and bring back Buddhist sutras.

Director:

Meng Hua Ho

Writer:

Kang Cheng
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Cast

Credited cast:
Diana Chung-Wen Chang Diana Chung-Wen Chang ... Miss. Gao
Fan Ho ... Monk Tang Tseng / Tripitaka
Hua Yueh ... Monkey King
Pao-Shu Kao
Tina Chin-Fei ... Green Snake Demon's Daughter
Peng Peng ... Pigsy
Shun Tien Shun Tien ... Sandy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hsin Yen Chao ... Goddess of Mercy
Pei-Pei Cheng ... Spirit-Sister Skeleton
Eun-hie Choi Eun-hie Choi ... (as Choi Eun-hee)
Ji-Hee Choi Ji-Hee Choi ... (as Choi Ji-Hee)
Yao Ko Chu ... Earth God
Mei Sheng Fan ... 3rd Prince of West Dragon King
Feng Ku ... Gao's Servant
Wei Lieh Lan Wei Lieh Lan ... King of Black Wind
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16th-century novel recounting the efforts of a Buddhist monk and his magical companions to travel to India and bring back Buddhist sutras.

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

18 January 1966 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Monkey See more »

Filming Locations:

Alishan, Taiwan See more »

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Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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beautifully restored Shaw Brothers classic
7 September 2003 | by curtpdxSee all my reviews

This film version tells an early segment of the lengthy Chinese folk tale Journey to the West. The newly released (in Hong Kong, anyway) DVD version has been digitally restored, and so the visual and audio presentation is at least as good as it was at its 1966 release, with full, rich color and sound (I kept thinking of the restored version of The Wizard of Oz, with the almost-too-bright colors).

The film clearly was made for Chinese audiences who would have been familiar with the story. Consequently, much of the history of Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy is brief to nonexistant, which is a shame, as it's central to understanding how they came to be together. Nonetheless, it's thoroughly enjoyable; even the musical numbers.

Celestial Pictures has also released another story from Journey to the West, Princess Iron Fan, with many of the same characters.


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