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The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983)
"Golgo 13" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Animation, Action, Crime  |  23 October 1992 (USA)
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An infamous hit-man becomes the target of a powerful oil tycoon after the former kills the latter's son.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsurô Sagawa ...
Duke (voice)
Gregory Snegoff ...
DJ / Duke / Snake (voice) (as Greg Snegoff)
Gorô Naya ...
Dawson (voice)
...
Dawson (voice)
Kôsei Tomita ...
Bob (voice)
Mike Reynolds ...
Bob (voice)
Reiko Mutô ...
Laura (voice)
Edie Mirman ...
Laura (voice)
Toshiko Fujita ...
Cindy (voice)
Joyce Kurtz ...
Cindy (voice)
Kumiko Takizawa ...
Rita (voice)
Diane Michelle ...
Rita (voice)
Takeshi Aono ...
Pablo (voice)
Kerrigan Mahan ...
A / Bodyguard / Controller / Pablo / Silver / Additional Voices (voice)
Shingo Kanemoto ...
Garvin (voice)
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Indestructible to his enemies and irrestible to women, the professional assassin codenamed GOLGO 13 is shrouded in mystery and anonymity. If you're on his hit list your already dead. Always hired on his reputation alone, GOLGO 13 never breaks a contract. But can he survive the combine forces of the FBI, CIA, The Pentagon and the U.S. Army? Has the nameless agent finally met his match against the superhuman powers of the Snake and the twin evils of the psychopathic mercenaries, Gold and Silver? Written by <a.leahy@uws.edu.au>

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According to Helen McCarthy, The Professional was based on various Western action films the writers had used for inspiration. Ironically, the film's own influence can be seen in later Western films. See more »

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The three special agents sent into the church (guy with a hook hand, one with two ice picks and one with a knife) to kill golgo are explained to have been killed in the firefight that ensued when bragan's team unloaded on the church. Yet later when they want to test snake's ability they use the same exact 3 special agents to do so. See more »

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Leonard Dawson: [to Jefferson, Garvin and Young after they fail to kill Golgo 13] I was a poor nine-year-old immigrant, when I started my first job as a shoe-shine boy. For fifty-three years, I've suffered every hardship there is to build the wealth I have today. Thirteen years ago, my wife passed away. From that time on, the only meaning my life has had has been to take care of my beloved son, Robert. He... Robert was a poet, and he loved to paint. Eventually, he fell in love, like a schoolboy. He'd finally ...
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The R1 Urban Vision DVD uses Japanese 80's pop music in the opening and closing of the English language track, but uses instrumental jazz variations of those songs in the Japanese language track. See more »

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Version of Golgo 13 (1977) See more »

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STRaTeGiCaLLY iMPLeLLiNG & GLoSSY *8/10*
25 January 2002 | by (Rochester / NY) – See all my reviews

TAG-LINE (EUR): "Leonard Dawson is the richest man in the world...powerfull people makes enemies...if an enemy becomes a problem...then someone calls the proffesional, codenamed: GOLGO 13. The proffesional is about to be tested...to his ultimate level...how long can the Proffesional last? Hard hitting action as the Proffesional faces his ultimate challenge."

This film got too little publicity at the time, and deserved more recognition. I dont understand why the media failed to recognise this anime, before the Western release of AKIRA. And personally, I think it was unfair. Even today, the detail in the artwork, and the fluencey of animation is astounding. Never before have I seen a more detailed drawn anime. The animators sorted everything from the rendition on the gun lenses to the air-brushed shading to give the guns a more metalic look. Another notable thing about this film is the use of CGI graphics to add extra realism to the atmosphere, something which was unheard of, and thought impossible in 1983. Golgo 13 demonstrated this way before Akira came into the public domain. Many of the anime today are drawn sharp, and unimaginatively, e.g. Pokemon, but it's always the "old sckool" anime that retain high standards in the art-work. The plot is just something that noone would have expected from animated production: A man supposidly hunting down another man for the murder of his son, but in the end it is revealed to the viewer his actions were purely for the sake of passion. I especially liked the idea of a spoiled-pretty woman hiding behind the guise of a ruthless crime-mobster, too which noone expected to be "Doctor.Z" The film is a worthy adaption to Saito's comic series, and thankfully it didn't have a crummy television series, with drab animation. The story alone portrays the more explicit, cold violent world surrounding the guise of a lone-Japanese pre.James Bond 007 who is UNLIENCED to kill. Golgo 13 kills purely for a living, and the mystery behind his cold, seemingly-cyborg character, and the fact that his soul is void of human sentiments and ultimately, emotion adds further interest & suspision to his past and true motives behind the killing game. Definately worth a watch if your a fan of Japanese cinema or anime, but may seem a bit dull for those of you who are used to John Travolta/Nic.Cage shoot'em ups where the guy gets the girl and the bad guy dies, etc. A far from lame story. *8/10*




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