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Monkey

“IN THE days before Monkey, primal chaos reigned…” You said it. Dependably demented translation of Japanese Buddha action mullarkey, with Monkey (born in an egg on a mountain top), Sandy, Pigsy and Tripitaka arsing about, offending the Gods, etc. etc. Steamroller schoolboy cult due to then-novelty kung-fu scenes, bonkers narrative, that theme song, and magic-summoning blowing-on-fingers routine.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. cronker

    September 29, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Probably the best thing to come out of Japan since mail-order brides

  2. Adrian

    September 29, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Weren’t the opening credits almost identical to those of Bergerac?

  3. Scott McPhee

    June 18, 2016 at 3:49 am

    “Steamroller schoolboy cult due to then-novelty kung-fu scenes, bonkers narrative, that theme song, and magic-summoning blowing-on-fingers routine.”

    Did Monkey inspire lots of schoolyard games in the UK, just as it did in my country?

  4. HP

    June 26, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Yes, indeed it did inspire schoolyard games in the UK too… I always wanted to be Monkey, but always ended up being Pigsy… The great thing about Monkey is that it’s just as good when you watch it as an adult – it works on many different levels.

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