Tuesday, May 25, 2010

monkey magic marathon

it all started here... [sick days don't have to be completely unproductive depending on the definition]

this is one of my fondest memories of eighties TV & has become the accidental theme of today whilst i'm in sick-bed mode. 

monkey, the awesome dubbed cult version of japanese TV series "saiyuki" based on the chinese novel "journey to the west" by wu cheng'en. the chinese answer to C.S. lewis dispensing chinese mythology in enlightened narrative form. but with camp kung fu. hilarious special effects. kitsch monsters instead of fauns. and karmic sutras.

i had a massive crush on the innocent youthful monk tripitaka ["remember, no violence mon-kee"] as a kid, who was actually played by sublime model/actress masako natsume who sadly died of leukemia in 1985 at 27 years of age.

CharacterActorDub actorOriginal Chinese nameJapanese name
TripitakaMasako NatsumeMaria WarburgXuanzangSanzō hōshi (Genjō Sanzō)
MonkeyMasaaki SakaiDavid CollingsSun WukongSon Gokū
Pigsys1: Toshiyuki Nishida
s2: Tonpei Hidari
Peter WoodthorpeZhu BajieCho Hakkai
SandyShiro KishibeGareth ArmstrongSha WujingSa Gojō
"Horse"Shunji FujimuraAndrew SachsYu LungGyokuryū
[thanks wiki]

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