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Monkey!: Vampire Master

(Saiyűki: The Vampire Master)

1979, regia di Jun Fukuda


Scheda: Nazione: Giappone - Produzione: Kokusai Hoei, NTV (Nippon Television Network Corporation) - Distribuzione: Fabulous Films, Siren Visual Entertainment - Fotografia: Yukio Yada - Montaggio: Yasuo Hiraki - Costumi: Kotaro Maki - Musiche: Godiego - Formato: Color, film tv.

Cast: Masaaki Sakai, Toshiyuki Nishida, Shiro Kishibe, Masako Natsume, Tonpei Hidari, Shunji Fujimura.




Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - - «A loose (very loose) Japanese TV adaptation of Wu Ch'eng-en's 16th-century collection of Chinese fables, Monkey! was re-dubbed into English in the early 1980s and became required viewing for a whole generation of schoolchildren. The titular monkey (played with great enthusiasm, not to mention athleticism by Japanese comic actor and former rock star Masaaki Sakai) accompanies boy-monk Tripitaka (confusingly, a pretty actress called Masako Natsume) on his/her quest for the Indian Sutras. They pick up Sandy (Shiro Kishibe), Pigsy (Toshiyuki Nishida) and a dragon that becomes a horse along the way. The appeal of Monkey! is easier to experience than explain. It's an occasionally surreal blend of Oriental fable, knockabout martial arts, pop Buddhism and slapsti ck comedy. The frequent comic fight scenes are accompanied by a 70s disco-fusion soundtrack, and a narrator (English voice: Frank Duncan) uses gaps in the action to deliver inscrutable snippets of wisdom ("Even a starving camel is still bigger than a horse", "Does love mean labour even for the carp-hearted?"). Best of all, though, is the dialogue: without regard to any lip-synch niceties the English script (by David Weir) is full of idiomatic delights, jokes and double entendres ("I can use it as well", boasts Monkey of his staff that grows from a tiny stick into a big pole. "Ooh, I never doubted it passionate primate", purrs the Dragon Princess into his ear, "go on, make it bigger").All are delivered by British actors in hilariously cod-Japanese accents (distinguished thesp Miri\ m Margolyes is the voice of Tripitaka). Bad special effects crown the show's cheesy, retro appeal. In 'Vampire Master' Tripitaka and his disciples are invited to stay with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Buddha's Law, 'Outrageous Coincidences' sees Monkey, Pigsy, Sandy and Tripitaka escape a blizzard by taking refuge in a cave and 'Pigsy, King And God' sees Pigsy hailed as a King and God of the Kingdom of the Red Hog» (Mark Walker).


Episodio 19 della stagione 1 della serie tv Monkey! (in onda nel febbraio 1979), conosciuta anche con il titolo: Monkey Magic.




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