It's based on one of the great quest stories, a 16th century Chinese epic called Hsi Yu Chi (= Journey to the West). The title Monkey is probably from Arthur Waley's English translation. The tales, set in 630 AD, describe the demons and monsters who try to stop the Tang Priest Hs�En Tsang (Tripitaka) from reaching a Buddhist monastery in India to retrieve Buddhist scriptures. The whole series recounts the exploits of the resourceful, brave, and humorous Monkey, the real hero of the fantasy, as he escorts Tripitaka, the pig monster Pigsy, and the water monster Sandy, on their perilous mission.
Hs�En Tsang (Tripitaka) actually lived and really did go to India in 629 A.D. to get Buddhist scriptures.
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20 June 2021: Gandhara Covers (a Monkey Heaven YouTube channel playlist)
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Includes a famous cover by 2 Englishmen in a band called Splinter, a heavy metal version, a ukelele version, an anime character version and lots more!
6 June 2021: Monkey Magic Covers & Remixes (a Monkey Heaven YouTube channel playlist)
Check out lots of cover versions and remixes of "Monkey Magic", the theme song to Monkey!
Includes a Korean reggae version, 100% Japanese version, chorus line version, ukelele version, and so many more!
21 May 2021: Monkey comes to Netflix! (Australia/New Zealand)
All 52 episodes of Monkey are available to watch on Netflix in Australia and New Zealand NOW!
Further details: Monkey: The crazy, cult Japanese TV show that captivated Kiwi kids comes to Netflix!
16 May 2021: Monkey Pictures - Page 10
Check out this new page featuring very rare black-and-white behind-the-scenes and press conference photographs featuring the Monkey cast!
25 Aprll 2021: Unofficial Monkey merchandise (T-shirts, mugs etc.) - Steve McCombe Shop
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3 October 2020: Monkey: The Complete Series (Restored) Blu-Ray
All 52 episodes have been fully-restored from the original HD masters!
UK release [Fabulous Films]
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