History Literature / JourneyToTheWest

17th Jan '16 5:12:04 PM apocavis
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While it is popular in Japan, it's omnipresent in its native China. For example, there was a 1980's ''Journey to the West'' TV series in China that was so popular, it's said that to this day there's always at least one television station rerunning it anywhere in the nation. The show is amusing even if you don't understand Chinese. Jeff Lau's ''Chinese Odyssey'' films renewed the popularity of the novel for young Hong Kong audiences during the mid-'90s.
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While it is popular in Japan, it's omnipresent in its native China. For example, there was a 1980's ''Journey to the West'' TV series in China that was so popular, it's said that to this day there's always at least one television station rerunning it anywhere in the nation. nation (and also in Vietnam, where it's just as famous and widely loved.) The show is amusing even if you don't understand Chinese. Jeff Lau's ''Chinese Odyssey'' films renewed the popularity of the novel for young Hong Kong audiences during the mid-'90s.
8th Jan '16 6:41:51 AM MagBas
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mary sue is Flame Bait, Karma Houdini means no punishment, not unsufficient punishment, this sounds as natter
* KarmaHoudini: The nine headed bird demon, who survives his battle with Wukong, and flees but [[spoiler: loses two of his heads in the process.]] [[DeathByAdaptation He is killed by Erlang Shen in the 1986 and 2011 TV adaptations]].

* LivingForeverIsAwesome: There are no end to mortals who 'cultivated their conduct' and/or 'refined their spirit' to become immortal and love it. The Wuzhuang temple has a community of immortals because of a tree that produces life extending fruit and are extremely protective of it. It's TruthInTelevision, sort of, as this was the goal of real life Taoists. The Buddhists, of course, [[CessationOfExistence disagree.]]
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* LivingForeverIsAwesome: There are no end to mortals who 'cultivated their conduct' and/or 'refined their spirit' to become immortal and love it. The Wuzhuang temple has a community of immortals because of a tree that produces life extending fruit and are extremely protective of it. It's TruthInTelevision, sort of, as this was the goal of real life Taoists. The Buddhists, of course, [[CessationOfExistence disagree.]]

* ZergRush: Wukong can create numerous clones of himself. Given that this is Mister GodModeSue we're talking about here, a Zerg Rush of Wukong clones is nothing to sneeze at. This doesn't work with the Yellow Wind demon (who blows the clones away like straw) and the Gold Horned King and Red Boy (who both torch the clones into oblivion).
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* ZergRush: Wukong can create numerous clones of himself. Given that this is Mister GodModeSue we're talking about here, a A Zerg Rush of Wukong clones is nothing to sneeze at. This doesn't work with the Yellow Wind demon (who blows the clones away like straw) and the Gold Horned King and Red Boy (who both torch the clones into oblivion).
2nd Jan '16 6:14:06 PM ZeroWizard
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14th Oct '15 9:22:25 AM fruitstripegum
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* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Wukong finally meets his match with Buddha, who imprisons him for 500 years.

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* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Wukong finally meets his match with Buddha, who imprisons him for 500 years.
30th Sep '15 6:53:47 PM PaulA
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Moved the list of adaptations to the Referenced By page, because the distinction is not always clear, and people were starting to add works to both lists. Having them on the same page offers easier comparison and a single location for arguments about which list a given work belongs on.
[[AC:Works based on Journey to the West include:]] * ''{{Manga/Saiyuki}}'' * ''Manga/DragonBall'', mainly in the first story arc -- this history was pretty much forgotten by the time ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' came around, though * ''{{Monkey Magic}}'', animated series. * ''Gokuu Midnight Eye'' * ''Series/{{Monkey}}'' series * ''Anime/{{Starzinger}}'' is ''Journey to the West'' InSpace! (Dubbed into English as ''Spaceketeers;'' Literature/TheThreeMusketeers InSpace!) * ''Anime/AlakazamTheGreat'' * ''VideoGame/SaiyukiJourneyWest'' (PS1 video game by Creator/{{Koei}}) * ''VideoGame/MonkeyHero'' (Obscure PS1 game developed by BLAM!) * ''The Monkey King: The Legend Begins'' (Wii video game) * ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'' (2008 movie starring Jet Li and Jackie Chan) * ''Secret Journey'' ({{Shotacon}} hentai manga by {{Poju}}) * ''Anime/{{Shinzo}}'', where the heroes quest is to look for Shinzo, the last remaining human city after humanity is believed to have been destroyed in a war with the bio-engineered Enterran race centuries before. * ''Kǒudi Xīyuj'' (An {{MMORPG}}, known in English as ''VideoGame/EtherSagaOdyssey'') * ''Monkey King'' (An unsubbed, undubbed Chinese cartoon.) * ''The Flying Superboard'' * ''A Chinese Odyssey'' (Two movies directed by Jeff Lau starring Creator/StephenChow. A later Jeff Lau film, ''Chinese Odyssey 2002'', has no relation to ''Journey to the West''.) * ''Princess Iron Fan'' (China's first feature length animated film.) * The Shaw Bros. films ''Monkey Goes West'', ''Princess Iron Fan'' (not the animated one above), ''Cave of the Silken Web'', and ''The Land of Many Perfumes''. * The graphic novel ''ComicBook/AmericanBornChinese'' ties together Monkey's story with the tale of a Chinese-American boy's coming of age story and the sitcom-like hilarity of an all-American jock plagued by his painfully stereotypical Chinese cousin. And the Christmas story. * ''Journey to the West: Legends of the Monkey King,'' an animated series co-produced by CCTV and {{Cinar}}, and aired in Canada in the late 1990's via Teletoon. More recently aired on ThisTV. * ''Saint'' (Wii video game) * ''Monkey: Journey to the West'', an opera by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett done in the Chinese style and mixed up with martial arts and circus acts. Beautiful and humorous. * ''VideoGame/EnslavedOdysseyToTheWest'', for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. * ''The Lost Empire: The Legend of the Monkey King'' (aka ''The Monkey King''), a two-part MadeForTVMovie for {{NBC}} from 2001. An American scholar finds himself transported into the realm of the Monkey King and his companions by a luck goddess and and must help them save the very story of ''Journey to the West'' from demons who would remove it from the world -- and reverse time itself in the process. * ''Son Son'', a 1984 {{Capcom}} arcade game; the title character('s grandaughter) appears in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' and has Sun Wukong's powers from the original story. * ''Mighty Monkey'', a 1982 Universal arcade ShootEmUp. * ''[[http://hardcoregaming101.net/kusoge/kusoge4.htm#supermonkey Ganso Saiyuuki: Super Monkey Daibouken]]'', an infamous ActionRPG for the Famicom. * ''Series/JourneyToTheWest1996'', a Hong Kong 1996 live action TV series, with a second season airing on 1998. It stars Dicky Cheung as Sun Wukong. * ''Series/MonkeyKingQuestForTheSutra'', a Hong Kong/Taiwanese 2002 live action TV series. While the characters are clearly those of the pilgrimage as described in the novel, the plot is totally different and twisted compared to the original. * ''Series/JourneyToTheWest2011'', a Chinese 2011 live action TV series. * ''[=YuYuKi=]'', a Japan-only Famicom game published by Nintendo, part of the Famicom Fairytales series that includes Shin Onigashima. * ''Film/JourneyToTheWestConqueringTheDemons'', a 2013 film directed by Stephen Chow and Derek Kwok. * ''The Monkey King'', a 2014 Hong Kong film retelling the origin of Monkey, starring Creator/DonnieYen as Monkey. * ''Anime/QueensBlade'': In the AlternativeContinuity ''Queen's Blade Grimoire'', one of the characters (named Seiten) is inspired in Sun Wukong. This is also notable for being one of the few works when a version of him is depicted as a female. * In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', where each character is based off a mythological or storybook character, Sun Wukong is an easygoing, [[LoveableRogue rogueish]] [[LittleBitBeastly monkey faunus]]. * ''Series/GiantSaver'' the core team of the chinese {{Toku}} series are based on the main characters of the novel. * ''Webcomic/GodOfHighSchool'' [[spoiler: The main character is Sun Wukong with amnesia.]] * ''[[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pools/9976 Tang Hill Burial]]'', an off-the-wall parody of the tale notable for its [[HeroicBuild oddly muscular]] portrayal of Tang Xiaolong and gender-flipping of near half of the cast. * Various MultiplayerOnlineBattleArena have characters based on [[FountainOfExpies Wukong]] himself. The original ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' has Wukong become a secret BonusBoss. Monkey King from ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth'' and Wukong from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' are all based on, but not quite the exact Wukong from the literature. The actual Sun Wukong is also a playable character in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' as the game is about CrossoverCosmology and Chinese Pantheon is included.
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[[AC:Works based There are many works based, more or less, on ''Journey to the West''; for a list, see the [[ReferencedBy/JourneyToTheWest Referenced By page]]. (The distinction between "based on Journey to the West include:]] * ''{{Manga/Saiyuki}}'' * ''Manga/DragonBall'', mainly in the first story arc -- this history was pretty much forgotten by the time ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' came around, though * ''{{Monkey Magic}}'', animated series. * ''Gokuu Midnight Eye'' * ''Series/{{Monkey}}'' series * ''Anime/{{Starzinger}}'' is ''Journey to the West'' InSpace! (Dubbed into English as ''Spaceketeers;'' Literature/TheThreeMusketeers InSpace!) * ''Anime/AlakazamTheGreat'' * ''VideoGame/SaiyukiJourneyWest'' (PS1 video game by Creator/{{Koei}}) * ''VideoGame/MonkeyHero'' (Obscure PS1 game developed by BLAM!) * ''The Monkey King: The Legend Begins'' (Wii video game) * ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'' (2008 movie starring Jet Li West" and Jackie Chan) * ''Secret Journey'' ({{Shotacon}} hentai manga by {{Poju}}) * ''Anime/{{Shinzo}}'', where the heroes quest is "contains many references to look for Shinzo, the last remaining human city after humanity is believed to have been destroyed in a war with the bio-engineered Enterran race centuries before. * ''Kǒudi Xīyuj'' (An {{MMORPG}}, known in English as ''VideoGame/EtherSagaOdyssey'') * ''Monkey King'' (An unsubbed, undubbed Chinese cartoon.) * ''The Flying Superboard'' * ''A Chinese Odyssey'' (Two movies directed by Jeff Lau starring Creator/StephenChow. A later Jeff Lau film, ''Chinese Odyssey 2002'', has no relation to ''Journey to the West''.) * ''Princess Iron Fan'' (China's first feature length animated film.) * The Shaw Bros. films ''Monkey Goes West'', ''Princess Iron Fan'' (not the animated one above), ''Cave of the Silken Web'', and ''The Land of Many Perfumes''. * The graphic novel ''ComicBook/AmericanBornChinese'' ties together Monkey's story with the tale of a Chinese-American boy's coming of age story and the sitcom-like hilarity of an all-American jock plagued by his painfully stereotypical Chinese cousin. And the Christmas story. * ''Journey to the West: Legends of the Monkey King,'' an animated series co-produced by CCTV and {{Cinar}}, and aired in Canada in the late 1990's via Teletoon. More recently aired on ThisTV. * ''Saint'' (Wii video game) * ''Monkey: Journey to the West'', an opera by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett done in the Chinese style and mixed up with martial arts and circus acts. Beautiful and humorous. * ''VideoGame/EnslavedOdysseyToTheWest'', for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. * ''The Lost Empire: The Legend of the Monkey King'' (aka ''The Monkey King''), a two-part MadeForTVMovie for {{NBC}} from 2001. An American scholar finds himself transported into the realm of the Monkey King and his companions by a luck goddess and and must help them save the very story of ''Journey to the West'' from demons who would remove it from the world -- and reverse time itself in the process. * ''Son Son'', a 1984 {{Capcom}} arcade game; the title character('s grandaughter) appears in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' and has Sun Wukong's powers from the original story. * ''Mighty Monkey'', a 1982 Universal arcade ShootEmUp. * ''[[http://hardcoregaming101.net/kusoge/kusoge4.htm#supermonkey Ganso Saiyuuki: Super Monkey Daibouken]]'', an infamous ActionRPG for the Famicom. * ''Series/JourneyToTheWest1996'', a Hong Kong 1996 live action TV series, with a second season airing on 1998. It stars Dicky Cheung as Sun Wukong. * ''Series/MonkeyKingQuestForTheSutra'', a Hong Kong/Taiwanese 2002 live action TV series. While the characters are clearly those of the pilgrimage as described in the novel, the plot West" is totally different and twisted compared to the original. * ''Series/JourneyToTheWest2011'', a Chinese 2011 live action TV series. * ''[=YuYuKi=]'', a Japan-only Famicom game published by Nintendo, part of the Famicom Fairytales series that includes Shin Onigashima. * ''Film/JourneyToTheWestConqueringTheDemons'', a 2013 film directed by Stephen Chow and Derek Kwok. * ''The Monkey King'', a 2014 Hong Kong film retelling the origin of Monkey, starring Creator/DonnieYen as Monkey. * ''Anime/QueensBlade'': In the AlternativeContinuity ''Queen's Blade Grimoire'', one of the characters (named Seiten) is inspired in Sun Wukong. This is also notable for being one of the few works when a version of him is depicted as a female. * In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', where each character is based off a mythological or storybook character, Sun Wukong is an easygoing, [[LoveableRogue rogueish]] [[LittleBitBeastly monkey faunus]]. * ''Series/GiantSaver'' the core team of the chinese {{Toku}} series are based on the main characters of the novel. * ''Webcomic/GodOfHighSchool'' [[spoiler: The main character is Sun Wukong with amnesia.]] * ''[[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pools/9976 Tang Hill Burial]]'', an off-the-wall parody of the tale notable for its [[HeroicBuild oddly muscular]] portrayal of Tang Xiaolong and gender-flipping of near half of the cast. * Various MultiplayerOnlineBattleArena have characters based on [[FountainOfExpies Wukong]] himself. The original ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' has Wukong become a secret BonusBoss. Monkey King from ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth'' and Wukong from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' are all based on, but not quite the exact Wukong from the literature. The actual Sun Wukong is also a playable character in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' as the game is about CrossoverCosmology and Chinese Pantheon is included. always clear.)
12th Sep '15 5:33:04 PM ChrisX
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* Various MultiplayerOnlineBattleArena have characters based on [[FountainOfExpies Wukong]] himself. The original ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' has Wukong become a secret BonusBoss. Monkey King from ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth'' and Wukong from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' are all based on, but not quite the exact Wukong from the literature. The actual Sun Wukong is also a playable character in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' as the game is about CrossoverCosmology and Chinese Pantheon is included.
30th Aug '15 8:40:46 AM nanakiro
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* ''[[http://danbooru.donmai.us/pools/9976 Tang Hill Burial]]'', an off-the-wall parody of the tale notable for its [[HeroicBuild oddly muscular]] portrayal of Tang Xiaolong and gender-flipping of near half of the cast.
18th Aug '15 6:02:53 PM Aquillion
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* ''Saiyuki'' (PS1 video game by Creator/{{Koei}})
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* ''Saiyuki'' ''VideoGame/SaiyukiJourneyWest'' (PS1 video game by Creator/{{Koei}})
14th Aug '15 9:46:16 AM reppuzan
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* ''Webcomic/GodOfHighSchool'' [[spoiler: The main character is Sun Wukong with amnesia.]]
5th Aug '15 8:07:19 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* AdaptationalHeroism: The portrayal of Sun Wukong and Tang Sanzang in the actual novel aren't so noble compared to the more popular adaptations. In the original, Sun Wukong lacked mercy in countless instances and Tang Sanzang was continually naive and acts inconsistently or even hypocritically. Their two-dimensional individual characterization and negative portrayals can both be explained by dissonance with today's values and also by the fact that the novel's main characters was intended to be an allegory for the state of a ''single'' individual's spiritual journey - Each character represent a different aspect.
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* AdaptationalHeroism: The portrayal of Sun Wukong and Tang Sanzang in the actual novel aren't so noble compared to the more popular adaptations. In the original, Sun Wukong lacked mercy in countless instances and Tang Sanzang was continually naive and acts inconsistently or even hypocritically. Their two-dimensional individual characterization and negative portrayals can both be explained by dissonance with today's values and also by the fact that the novel's main characters was intended to be an allegory for the state of a ''single'' individual's spiritual journey - Each character represent a different aspect.

* PhysicalGod: Ironically, The Buddha matches this much, much better than the actual gods. Though this may be as much translation issues than anything else as Eastern gods aren't really equivalent to the Western idea of such. * TheQuest: The whole premise and reason for the novel. Xuanzang has to bring the holy books from India, and he needs protection and help on the way, opening the way to a lot of wacky hijinks.
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* PhysicalGod: Ironically, The Buddha matches this much, much better than the actual gods. Though this may be gods themselves. This is as much a translation issues issue than anything else as Eastern gods aren't really equivalent to the Western idea of such. * TheQuest: The whole premise and reason for the novel. novel is Xuanzang has to bring the holy books from India, and he needs protection and help on the way, opening the way to a lot of wacky hijinks.
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