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
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 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
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 15:56
  • If I asked, was the main character female and the mysterious trainer was her Grandfather prompt you in any way? Commented Apr 10, 2017 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 Commented Apr 10, 2017 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? Commented Apr 10, 2017 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! Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 17:34

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