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Nobuaki Nakajima (screenplay)
Isao Matsumoto (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 September 1977 (Japan) See more »
A master assassin, bent on blood!
Blood for Money! Sonny Chiba is "Golgo 13", a cold, calculating, ruthless assassin, working for the U.S... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Shin'ichi Chiba ... 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
Fat Wan
San Tai
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seddigheh Banai ... Catherine
Alan Chung San Chui ... Poison Spider Hak Lung (as Alan Hsu)
Clayton ... Rocky Brown
Billy Cosby
Scott D'Antonio
Wai Chuen Do
Hiroshi Hatano
Bob Ingles ... Spencer
Jim James
Hirofumi Koga ... Karate Brother 3
Kim Hung Lai

Bill Lake
Terry O'Brien
Kenji Ohba ... Karate Brother 1
Irwin Panos ... Toliano
Shunji Sasaki
Chin-Lai Sung (as Sai Aan Dai)
Toshimitsu Takahashi ... Karate Brother 2
Glenn Thompson
Kôji Tsuruta ... Senzo Shigemune
Chris Hilton ... Detective Smith (voice) (uncredited)
Rik Thomas ... Duke Togo (Golgo 13) (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Yukio Noda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Isao Matsumoto  screenplay
Nobuaki Nakajima  screenplay
Takao Saitô  comic

Original Music by
Harumi Ibe 
Cinematography by
Shigeru Akatsuka 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cheng-Ming Chang .... still photographer
Ko-hsiao Kai .... assistant camera
Kang-Ho Leung .... lighting manager

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Also Known As:
"Golgo 13: Kûron no kubi" - Japan (original title)
"Golgo 13: Kowloon Assignment" - Japan (English title) (literal title)
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | New Zealand:M | UK:15 | USA:R
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One of the first comic book based movies to receive an R-rating.See more »
Continuity: 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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
I liked it., 21 March 2008

If you look into Golgo 13 film adaptions, you're more likely to encounter the anime 'The Professional: Golgo 13' produced in the 80's. But little would you know that there were unfamiliar live action films beforehand. This film is what I'd call 'the familiar of the unfamiliar'.

This film came part of 'Sonny Chiba Collection Vol. 2'; a three-disc boxset consisting of Chiba's roles outside the popular Street Fighter films (not to be confused with the videogames) which I found one day (probably better than the three films on Vol. 1). What caught my attention was finding him portray Golgo 13. Having read an English translated first volume manga compiled with two stories of Golgo 13 beforehand, I was interested to watch.

If I could compare this film to the structure of the manga, I'd say it's done a good job. You don't see the title-role most of the time until he attempts an objective at the right time just like the manga. It probably makes sense for who he is; he's an assassin with an unknown past, unknown origin, etc. He's a master at sniping, he won't shake hands, and he only meets contact with the hirer once, unless something goes wrong with the objective.

Sonny Chiba, if I had to match the image of the role he plays, was probably the perfect role for Golgo 13. He has the strong eyebrows, the charisma, and the attitude like the character.

The story's great as well. Rather than follow the same familiar structure of 'waiting for the villain to get assassinated' from the manga, the film takes a bit of a different approach. That, I won't spoil for anyone.

The only downer I'd probably give, is the Japanese dubbing on gaijin (foreigners). It's fine with the Chinese actors, but with the Americans, it looks cheesy and unrealistic in a way. Sure, a foreigner could pick up the language with the accent too, but there's probably a hard chance on the rest to handle that reliably. But despite that, it shouldn't be such a big deal to be taken on.

Overall, in my opinion, you'll probably like this film if you've read the manga at least once. I dunno if those unfamiliar with the series will be glued to their seats for the entire picture, but I think the ol' Chiba action in parts would keep them entertained. Well, maybe. Give it a try at least. It's a stylish 70's flick from Japan to enjoy.

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