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Journey to the West
« on: February 28, 2012, 12:29:56 AM »
Has anyone ever watched or read the book of Journey to the West? My parents said it's actually based on a real person, but without the monsters and monkey, pig guy, and the other person.

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Re: Journey to the West
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2012, 02:19:32 AM »
OMG my grandmother/mother used to tell me stories of the monkey, pig, etc throughout my childhood, so I am really familar with it.
I've JUST started to watch the 2011 version of the series, which will tell me exactly what the story is about. I can't wait, I am really getting into the story right now.

Did you read it?


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Re: Journey to the West
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2012, 12:15:43 PM »
Has anyone ever watched or read the book of Journey to the West? My parents said it's actually based on a real person, but without the monsters and monkey, pig guy, and the other person.
i have read this book !you are write !玄奘 is the true people of Tang~
and the story is really interesting ~

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Re: Journey to the West
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2012, 02:41:47 PM »
WOW you have? Tell us how the book is!
I only have the 'easy kids' version that has the pinyin ROFL!

Speaking of which, I found a translated version online which I will post in the novel thread under downloads for anyone that might want to read it!


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Re: Journey to the West
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2012, 12:31:27 PM »
I have the book but it's not a priority of mine because it's mostly fantasy and I basically know the whole story.

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Re: Journey to the West
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2012, 09:00:07 AM »
the 1996 version of journey to the west is my favorite. it had a lot more comedy and charm than the other versions. i wanted to watch the 2011 version but i havent been able to find it with english subs :( youtube has the vietsub version but i cant read vietnamese fast enough lol
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Re: Journey to the West
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2012, 03:21:53 AM »
My favorite are the series produced in 1996 and 1998, both of them are by TVB. It was more of the comedy than the serious. Now that we are talking about it, I wonder where can I find all the past and new versions of this series, so I can do a movie marathon over this summer.

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Re: Journey to the West
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2012, 03:29:11 PM »
I read the novel nearly ten years ago. My favourite TV version is 1986 version and the animation version in 1998.

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Re: Journey to the West
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2013, 08:38:37 PM »
I like those from TVB  :)

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Re: Journey to the West
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2013, 07:06:28 AM »
Journey to the west ftw.

There was a fan sub group over at http://swkfansubs.livejournal.com/ that completed the first season of the 1996 TVB Dickey Cheung version if anybody is interested in rewatching it with english subs.

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Re: Journey to the West
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2013, 09:41:28 PM »
Where can I find the 1998 Benny Chan version with English subtitle?  ::)

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Re: Journey to the West
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2013, 02:29:38 AM »
Has anyone ever watched or read the book of Journey to the West? My parents said it's actually based on a real person, but without the monsters and monkey, pig guy, and the other person.
i have read this book !you are write !玄奘 is the true people of Tang~
and the story is really interesting ~
Don't mind me doing some fact correction.
玄奘 (Xuan Zang) was not born in the Tang dynasty and is not a race as per wangwang76's statement.
He was a person born near the end of the Sui dynasty and took his tonsure during the Tang dynasty before setting off to India on a pilgrimage.
问世间情是何物,直教生死相许。
天南地北双飞客,老翅几回寒暑。
欢乐趣,离别苦,就中更有痴儿女。
君应有语,渺万里层云,千山暮雪,只影向谁去。

横汾路,寂寞当年箫鼓,荒烟依旧平楚。
招魂楚些何嗟及,山鬼暗啼风雨。
天也妒,未信与,莺儿燕子俱黄土。
千秋万古,为留待骚人,狂歌痛饮,来访雁邱处。

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Re: Journey to the West
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2013, 08:53:30 AM »
My childhood hero Sun Wukong. This series was my first ever series. My grandmom like Justice Bao and Sun Wukong too. can i see Justic Bao in some way?

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Re: Journey to the West
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2013, 08:42:36 AM »
A little more on the story of the real Xuan Zang (Hsuan Tsang in the older style of translitteration).

Xuan Zang (602 - 664) was a Buddhist monk and scholar. His real life may not be as fantastic as in Journey to the West, but  he made an enormous contribution to Chinese Buddhism. In the year 629, during the Tang Dynasty, Xuan Zang started a long, perilous journey to India to collect Buddhist scriptures. He spent several years in India learning Sanskrit and returned to China 17 years later with a whole load of scriptures which he and his students later translated. These translations are still read and studied today in Chinese Buddhist circles.

The real Xuan Zang also wrote an account of his journey to India which can still be read today, its original title was Great Tang Records of the Western Regions. You may find it under the title The Travels of Hsuan Tsang, this and not Journey to the West is the book he wrote. Xuan Zang's book provides an excellent description of the places he visited on his travels which is still studied by archaeologists and historians today.

Journey to the West is a fantasy novel, inspired by Xuan Zang's journey, written by Wu Cheng En and published in 1592, during the Ming Dynasty.