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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
Toshimitsu Takahashi ... Karate Brother 2
Kôji Tsuruta ... Senzo Shigemune
Chris Hilton ... Detective Smith (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Rik Thomas ... Duke Togo (Golgo 13) (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Glenn Thompson ... (voice: English version) (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" - International (English 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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of "Golgo 13" (2008)See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Precurser to Woo's 'Killer', 27 January 2008
Author: (winner55) from United States

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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