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Golgo 13 (1977)
"Golgo 13: Kûron no kubi" (original title)

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Blood for Money! Sonny Chiba is "Golgo 13", a cold, calculating, ruthless assassin, working for the U.S. drug syndicate. His assignment: "take-out" Hong Kong's underworld kingpin. His only ... See full summary »

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Duke Togo (Golgo 13) (as Sonny Chiba)
Lun Chia ...
Detective Smith (as Callan)
Etsuko Shihomi ...
Lam Ling
Emi Shindô ...
Yip Lin
Yung-En Sun ...
Kong Laan (as Elaine Sung)
Dana ...
Leika
Nick Lam Wai Kei ...
Chow Lui Fung
Jerry Itô ...
Polanski
Chih-chung Li ...
Wong Tak Ming
Yao Lin Chen ...
Chan
Shu Tong Wong ...
Hung
Joana Tors ...
Maliya
Fiona Humphrey ...
Cassowary
Gam Shing Sung ...
Lee
Tien Hsi Tang ...
Baldy Nyudo
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Blood for Money! Sonny Chiba is "Golgo 13", a cold, calculating, ruthless assassin, working for the U.S. drug syndicate. His assignment: "take-out" Hong Kong's underworld kingpin. His only obstacle: a relentless cop, determined to stop him - no matter what the cost. The result is an explosive adventure through the seamy, violent streets of Hong Kong. Written by Anonymous

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A master assassin, bent on blood!

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Golgo 13 manages to pull off one of those "bullet through the sniper rifle's mounted telescope" scenes inspired by the contemporary legend of Vietnam solider Carlos Hathcock in this film. See more »

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In the final island sequence, when Golgo 13 emerges from the sea wearing shorts there is no sign of the leg wound he received a few scenes previously. See more »

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Precurser to Woo's 'Killer'
27 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pretty typical Japan crime film of the middle 1970s - fast, cynical, unbelievable, flashy, empty. There are a couple of twists that raise it above the level of mere curiosity. first, Chiba's performance is fine. Second, the film is Japanese, but filmed in Hong Kong, on of the first efforts to cross the great divide between China and Japan that had been rendered and filled with blood during WWII. Interestingly, unlike similar Chinese efforts - e.g., A Man Called Tiger, The Angry Guest/Kung Fu Killers - there's no effort to explore differences between the two cultures: Hong Kong is just another thriving Asian metropolis, much like Tokyo. Perhaps this lack of notice of any difference is the crucial difference - come to think of it, Japanese action films of the 1970s don't have much to say about China in general, or Hong Kong - except to hint that the crime rate is unacceptably high there - which seems a bit churlish since all the professional killers in these films are Japanese. Oh, well.

One last historical note - this film clearly had as much impact on John Woo's "The Killer" as Melville's "Le Samourai" - more, I think, since the cop/killer relationship, given crude but important presentation here, is closer to the center of the Woo film than the implicit romance borrowed from the Melville film.

Nothing special, but worth a look.


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