Monkey Sun (1959)

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Credits for Monkey Sun

Monkey Sun
The Japanese poster for Monkey Sun
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Sun Wukong (1959)
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Directed by Kajiro Yamamoto
Producer(s) Tomoyuki Tanaka, Jin Usami[a]
Written by Takeo Murata, Kajiro Yamamoto;[b]
Wu Cheng'en (original story)
Music by Ikuma Dan
Distributor TohoJP
Running time 98 minutes
(1 hour, 38 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1[1]
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A masterpiece of entertainment, with dreams and adventure for children and adults alike! (大人も子供も楽しめる夢と冒険の娯楽大作!)

— Tagline

An immortal fairy tale of ancient China

— English tagline[2]

Monkey Sun (孫悟空,   Son Gokū, lit. Sun Wukong) is a 1959 tokusatsu fantasy action film produced and distributed by Toho. An adaptation of the Chinese novel Journey to the West, it was released to Japanese theaters on April 19, 1959, as a double feature with I Want to Be a Shellfish.[3] It is the second version of this story by director Kajiro Yamamoto and special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya, after the two-part 1940 film Enoken's Sun Wukong.[4]

Plot[edit | edit source]

The magical Chinese trickster Sun Wukong leads a group of Buddhists through demonic trials.

Staff[edit | edit source]

Main article: Monkey Sun/Credits.

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Norihei Miki   as   Sun Wukong
  • Fukutaro Ichikawa   as   Tang Sanzang
  • Nobuo Chiba   as   Zhu Bajie
  • Zeko Nakamura   as   Sha Wujing
  • Reiko Dan   as   Pon
  • Yoshio Kosugi   as   King of Devils
  • Toru Yuri   as   Minister Kinkaku
  • Yasuko Nakada   as   Minister Ginkaku
  • Toshiaki Minami   as   Minister Dokaku
  • Hideyo Amamoto   as   Secretary-General
  • Arihiro Fujimura   as   Cooking teacher
  • Michiyo Yokoyama   as   Messenger Suttonbe
  • Teruko Mita   as   Tang Sanzang's mother
  • Susumu Fujita   as   Wang Xiang
  • Yu Fujiki   as   Swordsman Chikujin
  • Shoichi Hirose   as   Native chief
  • Kaoru Yachigusa   as   Tsui Lan
  • Heihachiro Okawa   as   Tsui Lan's father
  • Atsuko Ichinomiya   as   Tsui Lan's mother
  • Musei Tokugawa
  • Shiro Tsuchiya   as   Chamberlain of Japan
  • Kazumi Wakabayashi   as   Little girl
  • Fumie Noguchi   as   Elder sister

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Characters and monsters[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Monkey Sun/Gallery.

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • Sun Wukong (literal Japanese title)
  • The Adventures of Sun Wu Kung (alternate English title)[2]

Theatrical releases[edit | edit source]

Video releases[edit | edit source]

Kinema Club VHS (1999)

  • Tapes: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Notes: Available through mail-order only. Out of print.

Toho DVD (2021)[1]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (Mono)
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Special features: Trailer and still gallery; other special features unknown

Videos[edit | edit source]

Full movie (part 1)
Full movie (part 2)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Usami is uncredited on the film's poster.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yamamoto is uncredited on the film's poster.

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Monkey Sun. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Monkey Sun (1959) <Toho DVD Masterpiece Selection>. Retrieved on 24 February 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Toho Films 1960 p20.png
  3. Monkey Sun (1959 film). Japanese Wikipedia. Retrieved on 15 February 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Monkey Sun. Toho Kingdom. Retrieved on 15 February 2021.


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