42 Word Retrospective: Monkey Goes West dir. Ho Meng-Hua

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Monkey Goes West

dir. Ho Meng-Hua (Shaw Brothers, 1966)

[released with three sequels under the umbrella title: Monkey – Journey to the West, Siren DVD, 2008]

Meng-Hua_Monkey Journey to the West

Based on Wu Cheng’en’s Buddhist quest novel Journey to the West, this meandering film-cum-musical seems almost entirely without point or consequence… except to establish prototypes of nearly all those iconic visual elements featured subsequently in the 1978-1980 TV series Saiyūki (aka Monkey).

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