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Pearls of wisdom from the smelly one:

"She's so delicious i could drink her bath water" (Pigsy)

"Without ears or feet, what will become of us? We won't be able to hear ourselves walking!" (Pigsy)

"Oh Look, a woman." (Pigsy)

"Pigsy is a long way from the enlightenment which transcends humanity. He is a long way too from the bottom of the cliff down which he is about to fall." (Narrator)

"Is your daughter pretty? I mean, i'm only asking before i rescue someone who looks like a crows armpit." (Pigsy)

"I wasn't built for labour, I'm an intellectual, I work with my head." (Pigsy) "Right, carry the rocks on your head!" (Monkey)

"Corr ! You're just my type... my type exactly... a woman" (Pigsy)

"Everybody knows the world is held up on the back of a giant turtle!" (Pigsy)

"It was Monkey was it? I shall bash that hairy ape the very next time I catch him not looking." (Pigsy)

"Oi! Hail, King of Kings! Time to get out of bed now! Two non-entities want to speak to the King of Pimples!" - (Pigsy)

"I took a first step; I saw your lips. I took the next; I smelled your body. With the third I saw your... anyway, I thought I must come back." (Pigsy)

"Presently, he was a pig spirit changed into a little girl pretending to be a little boy to be offered to a water monster. It was all very simple to a pig spirit." (Narrator)

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Played by
Toshiyuki Nishida

pigsy - toshiyuki nishida
About the actor :
The original Pigsy was played by Toshiyuki Nishida. Born 14 November 1947 in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. He has, by far, had the most success since Monkey and is currently regarded as one of Japans greatest actors. He has received ten Japanese Academy Award nominations, winning twice, for Dun-Huang in 1988 (Best Actor) and Gakko in 1993 (Best Actor). Monkey aside, he is probably best known for his fishing comedy series, Tsuribaka Nisshi (釣りバカ日誌) (English literal translation: "The Fishing Maniac's Diary"), which currently spans eighteen movies.  
Toshiyuki has quite a list of appearances under his belt, including :  
2006 - The Uchōten Hotel ( 有頂天ホテル) - also known as Suite Dreams and Wow-Choten Hotel - a comedy film written and directed by Japanese director Koki Mitani. The film is set in a five star Tokyo hotel on New Year's Eve, and follows the misadventures of various hotel staff and guests in the run-up to midnight.  
2002 - Get Up! (ゲロッパ!; Geroppa!) - a 2003 comedy film written and directed by the Japanese filmmaker and critic Kazuyuki Izutsu. It is about a James Brown-obsessed gangster's last day of freedom before he starts a 5 year prison term.
Mixing slapstick, soul music and tearjerking elements, the plot involves a kidnapped James Brown impersonator, a plot to discredit the Japanese Prime Minister, an adulterous hotel manager, and a daughter who hasn't seen her father for 25 years.  
2002 - Hi wa mata noboru 
1996 - Gakko II
1993 - Gakko
1992 - Kantsubaki
1992 - Tsuibaka nisshi 5
1992 - O-Roshiya-koku suimu-dan
1992 - O-Tengoku no Taizai
1988 - Dun-Huang
1986 - Uemura Naomi monogatari
1984 - Tengoku no eki
1981 - Hokusai manga  
Major Tv appearances :
1972 - Shin Heike Monogatari, NHK Taiga drama, as Hōjō Yoshitoki
1977 - 花神, NHK Taiga drama, as Yamagata Aritomo
1978 - Saiyuki, Nippon Television, as Pigsy
1981 - Onna Taikō-ki, NHK Taiga drama, as Toyotomi Hideyoshi
1984 - Sanga Moyu, NHK Taiga drama as a fictitious character
1988 - Takeda Shingen, NHK Taiga drama, as Yamamoto Kansuke
1990 - Tobu ga gotoku, NHK Taiga drama, as Saigō Takamori
1995 - Hachidai Shogun Yoshimune, NHK Taiga drama, as Tokugawa Yoshimune
2000 - Aoi Tokugawa Sandai, NHK Taiga drama, as Tokugawa Hidetada
2003 - 武蔵 MUSASHI, NHK Taiga drama, as Yamanouchi Hanbei
2006 - Kōmyō-ga-tsuji, NHK Taiga drama, as Tokugawa Ieyasu  
Website : You can check out Toshiyuki's website HERE  
After the unexpected success of the first series of monkey, Toshiyuki was approached to make a second series. Unfortunately he had already commited to another project .  
The 'new' Pigsy was played by actor Tonpei Hidari. Born 30th May 1937 in Tokyo.
He had big shoes to fill in taking on the Pigsy role, but lacked the charisma, humour and presence of Toshiyuki’s character and was generally considered 'not as good' - possibly one of the reasons why the second series was no-where near as popular as the first. As a young kid watching the show, I certainly felt that, after Toshiyuki left, it just wasn't the same.
Uk tv voice-over : Peter Woodthorpe
Peter Woodthorpe (September 25, 1931 – August 12, 2004) was an English movie, television and voice actor who is best known for supplying the voice of Gollum in the 1978 Bakshi version of The Lord of the Rings and BBC's 1981 radio serial. He also provided the voice of Pigsy in the cult series Monkey and was Max the pathologist in early episodes of Inspector Morse.
In the summer of 1955 he played Estragon in the first British production of Waiting for Godot. He had then just finished his second year at Cambridge, and expected to return after a run of a few weeks. When the play was successful, faced with the choice of dropping out either from Cambridge or from the play, he chose to stay with the play and his acting career.
Before going up to Cambridge he served as a National Serviceman in the Royal Navy, training at the Joint Services School for Linguists as a Russian interpreter.
One famous cameo role was that of Reg Trotter, father of Delboy and Rodney in Only Fools and Horses. He appeared in the 1983 Christmas special "Thicker Than Water".

News Flash

August 18th 2004 - BBC News.

"Monkey voiceover actor dies at 72..."

‘The actor who was the voice behind animal spirit Pigsy in cult Japanese children's TV show Monkey has died. Peter Woodthorpe died on Thursday, less than a month after finishing recording the voice of Pigsy for 13 Monkey episodes not yet broadcast in the UK. The 72-year-old also did the voice of Gollum in the 1978 animated film of Tolkien's book, The Lord of the Rings. Monkey told the surreal story of the boy priest Tripitaka's quest to retrieve ancient Buddhist texts.’
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"I'm not immortal yet! What's mortal
must die and i hate that idea
King Monkey