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Searching for an animated movie with the following hints

  • should be the same age as "the last unicorn" or older
  • pretty eastern, maybe chinese but it can also be western with a little inspiration. Not classic anime style (neither modern nor old like astro boy)
  • there was training in an mountain area involved, the hero had to climb an unbelievable high mountain. I think I remember other trainings like carrying large buckets full of water
  • whole atmosphere was darker, cannot remember many humans, maybe even some kind of ghost world
  • saw it in the 80s as a child.. maybe 85
  • it was well drawn for that time and not a childrens movie per se
  • Take a look at this guide to help jog your memory and edit any more details. Specifically things like when you watched it, or where/what studios? Or the names of any characters there might have been? – Edlothiad Apr 10 '17 at 15:49
  • Seems unlikely that it would be Three Monks, but that came out in 1980 and involved mountains and water with a Chinese atmosphere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Monks – FuzzyBoots Apr 10 '17 at 15:56
  • If I asked, was the main character female and the mysterious trainer was her Grandfather prompt you in any way? – Enigma Maitreya Apr 10 '17 at 16:08
  • Edlothiad, you are right that is not a lot but since I saw it as a child (around 85) I really can remember so little.. but it was stuck in my head since then... will try to improve my question @Fuzzy, three monks is not it, as far as I can remember it was very well drawn for that time and the atmosphere was rather dark – Marc Wittmann Apr 10 '17 at 16:15
  • @Enigma, wow, that really can be... it could be a heroine! And there was a trainer involved.. do you know the title? – Marc Wittmann Apr 10 '17 at 16:15
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金猴降妖 Monkey King Conquers the Demon, a.k.a. The Monkey King and the Skeleton Ghost 1984 - 1985
Movie cover art.

The monkey king, Sun Wukong, is a well known folk tale from China. He is also referenced as a character in many games.

I couldn't find a version on youtube with English subtitles, though you might be able to understand the story without them, since they dont speak much.

Found by: Looking up age the age of "Last Unicorn", searching "Chinese movies animated 1980's", then examining the movies listed on Wikipedia that fit the query.

  • what an amazing find! Thanks for digging so deep! the background style really is damn close just the characters were less colorful and far more realistic.. but really good one! – Marc Wittmann Nov 12 '18 at 17:34

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