Xi You Ji (52 Television Animated Cartoon Serials, 13 VCDs)

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  • Language: Chinese
  • Format: 13 VCDs
  • Publication Date: 01/1999
  • Publisher: CCTV
Xi You Ji, Journey to the West, 52 Television animated cartoon series
Produced by CCTV
Video CD edition published and distributed by China International TV Corporation, 1999
Caption in Chinese without translation.

Xi You Ji 52 Television Animated Cartoon Series adapted from the same title classic novel.
Journey to the West is a mythological novel based on many centuries of popular tradition. It was probably put into its present form in the 1570s by Wu Cheng'en (1500-82).
This lively fantasy relates the amazing adventures of the priest Xuanzang as he travels west in search of Buddhist sutras with his three disciples, the irreverent and capable Monkey, greedy Pig, and Friar Sand. The opening chapters recount the earlier exploits of Monkey, culminating in his rebellion against Heaven. We then learn how Xuanzang became a monk and was sent on his pilgrimage by the Tang emperor who had escaped death with the help of an Underworld official.

The main story, the journey, takes the priest through all kinds of entertaining trials and tribulations, mainly at the hands of monsters and spirits who want to eat him. Most, like the ferocious Red Boy, want to devour him. Some, such as the scorpion spirit of Pipa Cave, take the form of beautiful women in the hope of seducing him. Only the courage and powers of his disciples, especially Monkey, save him from death. Monkey has to use all his connections in the supernatural world to find the help that will enable him to defeat these and other formidable enemies, such as the Bull Demon King and Princess iron Fan, or the imitation Monkey who is indistinguishable from himself. On the last part of the journey the demons come in as wide a range of shapes and kinds as ever. Among them are spider-women who spin webs from their navels, a pride of lion monsters and a terrible female spirit who carries the Tang Priest down into her bottomless cave to marry him. These and all the other fiends test to the very limit Monkey's ingenuity, supernatural powers and connections throughout the universe. Monkey is the hero of the fantasy, and the reader will soon learn why he has long been so loved in China. Will the pilgrims reach the Vulture Peak and obtain the scriptures? The answer will only be found at the end of the 100-chapter novel.

The story is as full of imagination as Monkey is of magic, and packed with incident and down-to-earth humor. The illustrations are from 19th-century Chinese edition.

"Journey to the West has the same status in Chinese popular literature as Dickens, the the Wizard of Oz and the Superman comics combined. Everyone knows it. The episodes are featured in countless theatre pieces, comic books, and cartoon shows." -- James Beerbower
"The story, attributed to Wu Cheng-en, is quite hilarious on the surface, full of creatures, jokes and foibles, and on the other hand it is a deeply religious plot. This is the finest piece of Chinese literature I've come across." -- Alexander Moir

"When I read the book, I was so intrigued in the writing, I couldn't put it down. This is definitely a book worth reading. The language is moderately difficult. I had quite an easy time reading it (and I'm only 8). A must read, it is absolutely fantastic. " -- Christine Wong

第1集 猴王出世
第2集 龙宫取宝
第3集 养马风波
第4集 大闹天宫
第5集 大战二郎神
第6集 难逃佛掌心
第7集 难逃佛掌心续
第8集 师徒喜相逢
第9集 智收白龙马
第10集 恶僧盗袈裟
第11集 制服黑熊妖
第12集 猪八戒拜师
第13集 险走黄风岭
第14集 流沙河收徒
第15集 偷吃人参果
第16集 观音救仙树
第17集 三打白骨精
第18集 误入波月洞
第19集 唐僧变老虎
第20集 八戒请悟空
第21集 平顶山遇险
第22集 莲花洞降妖
第23集 老国王托梦
第24集 乌鸡国除妖
第25集 悟空遇圣婴
第26集 收服红孩儿
第27集 车迟国比武
第28集 大圣除三妖
第29集 夜阻通天河
第30集 苦斗独角怪
第31集 女儿国奇遇
第32集 琵琶洞逼婚
第33集 真假孙悟空
第34集 佛祖识猕猴
第35集 被困火焰山
第36集 激战牛魔王
第37集 火烧盘丝洞
第38集 消灭蜈蚣精
第39集 金光塔平冤
第40集 假西天遭难
第41集 弥勒收妖童
第42集 悟空成名医
第43集 巧取紫金铃
第44集 勇闯狮驼岭
第45集 大圣斗三魔
第46集 拯救比丘国
第47集 填平无底洞
第48集 糊涂老国王
第49集 大闹连环洞
第50集 天竺国招亲
第51集 嫦娥收玉兔
第52集 灵山取真经

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