Journey to the West

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Journey to the West

anime journey to the west monkey king

Journey to the West

Release Date: August 14, 1960

Year    :   1960
Slogan    :   «Duel of the Prehistoric Beasts! Summit Meeting of the Monsters!»
Genres    :   Animation, Fantasy, Adventure
Production Companies    :   Toei Animation, American International Pictures
Director    :   Taiji Yabushita, Daisaku Shirakawa
Producers    :   Hiroshi Ookawa
Writers    :   Osamu Tezuka, Keinosuke Uekusa, Wu Cheng'en, Goro Kontaibo, Hideyuki Takahashi
RunTime    :   88 mins.

Alakazam is a young and brave monkey who has been encouraged by all the other monkeys to become their king. After attaining the throne, he becomes rude and dictatorial, and does not believe that human beings are greater than he is. Then he tricks/forces Merlin the magician to teach him magic (reluctantly on Merlin's part, who warns Alakazam that the powers he acquires now will bring him much unhappiness later). Alakazam becomes so arrogant that he abuses his magic powers, and chooses to go up to Majutsu Land (the Heavens), to challenge King Amo. He is defeated by King Amo. For his punishment, he is sentenced to serve as the bodyguard of Prince Amat on a pilgrimage; in order to learn humility, mercy and to fight with wisdom. Ultimately, he learns his lesson and becomes a true hero.

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