Monkey (TV show)

1978–1980 Japanese TV series

Monkey (Saiyûki) is a live-action television show that tells the story of Tripitaka (Xuanzang Sanzang in Chinese) and his followers, including Monkey (Sun Wu-Kong), Pig (Zhu Ba-Jie), and (Friar) Sand (Sha Wu-Jing), as they travel from China to India to obtain holy scriptures to save the world. Saiyûki is based on the novel Journey to the West (or Monkey King) by Wu Ch'êng-ên, which is in turn based on Chinese legends about the origin of Buddhism.


  • In the worlds before Monkey, primal chaos reigned. Heaven sought order, but the phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown. The four worlds formed again and yet again, as endless aeons wheeled and passed. Time and the pure essences of Heaven and the moisture of Earth, the powers of the sun and the moon all worked upon a certain rock, old as creation. And it became magically fertile. That first egg was named "Thought". Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha, said, "With our thoughts, we make the world." Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch. From it then came a stone monkey. The nature of Monkey was irrepressible!


  • Even a starving camel is still bigger than a horse.
  • It's better to travel alone than with a fool. But what may two fools do?
  • The monstrous is only a question of opinion. To some of us, opinions are so precious that we will die for them, again and again.

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