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Water Margin, The

PRE-DATING MONKEY, here came 108 plucky knights brought back from the dead to battle nastiness in the Orient, working out of their base in the titular wetlands of Lian Shan Po. Hero was Lin Chung, whose missus was called Hsiao. Tripitaka-like Hu San-niang carried two swords crossed on her back and fought with them simultaneously. Baddy (with Ming-style stringy moustache) was called Koa Chia. Voiced over here by, among others, BERT KWOUK and MIRIAM MARGOLYES.



  1. johnnyboy

    February 11, 2010 at 2:01 am

    First time I’d ever seen someone being cut-in-half on a telly programme. At 6pm on a Sunday too!

  2. Caroline Wiggins

    October 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    This is one of my favourite programmes ever. I absolutely loved it. Still got the episode details from the Radio Times, the record by Godaigo and a lettercard from NHK in Japan to whom I wrote asking for merchandising. I now live in Japan, and Atsuo Nakamura who played Lin Chung,came to my town to give a talk. Unfortunately I didn’t know and I was gutted. I would have loved to have got his autograph. And yes, I remember the slicing in half, although there was no blood or anything like that. I fancied Teruhiko Aoi and thought Sanae Tsuchida was such a cool fighter.

  3. Richard16378

    October 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    One of my uncles really liked this back in the day, even if he managed to get it mixed with Monkey, which didn’t go in so much to hacking heads off & sending them flying accross a field.

  4. IanW1968

    March 7, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    aah ha sa chaa naa eeee!

  5. Palimpsest

    September 18, 2023 at 12:35 am

    Was one of the characters able to run at extreme speed? I have a recollection of him being shot by a poisoned arrow, which gradually slows his pace to a normal running speed, as he runs through a desert to deliver a message to someone in a wooden cabin. He delivers the message and the receiver cures him with an antidote.

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