“From the dawn of time we came…moving silently down through the centuries. Living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the gathering, when the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you…..until now.“
Opening Monologue Highlander (spoken by Sean Connery)
This monologue comes from the opening sequence of the Russell Mulcahy film Highlander and is spoken by Sean Connery who plays the character of Juan Sánchez Villalobos Ramírez in the movie depicting the struggles of a group of immortals battling for the prize which would be bestowed on the last man standing.
“In the Worlds before Monkey,
Primal chaos reigned,
Heaven sought order.
But the Phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown.
The four worlds formed again and yet again,
As endless aeons wheeled and passed.
Time and the pure essences of Heaven,
The moisture of the Earth,
And the powers of the Sun and the Moon
All worked upon a certain rock – old as Creation,
And it magically became fertile.
That first egg was named Thought,
Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha,
Said, ‘With our thoughts we make the world.’
Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch,
from it then came a stone Monkey.
The nature of Monkey was irrepressible!”
Opening Monologue – Monkey TV Series – NTV/KHK
Another of my childhood influences was the TV Series Monkey. Many a lunch hour was spent running around the playground pretending to be zooming here an there on my own cloud taking me to the fight. Between the fantastical elements, the highly acrobatic and artistic fight scenes and the awful English overdubbing the show was fertile fodder for the imagination of many a 9 year old boy.