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

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The action packed life of the professional assassin Golgo 13 (AKA Duke Togo). This guy makes James Bond look like Maxwell Smart.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Snegoff ...
Golgo 13 / Snake (voice) (as Greg Snegoff)
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Leonard Dawson (voice)
Mike Reynolds ...
Bragan (voice)
Edie Mirman ...
Laura (voice)
Joyce Kurtz ...
Cindy (voice)
Diane Michelle ...
Rita (voice)
Kerrigan Mahan ...
Pablo / Silver (voice)
...
Garvin (voice)
Edward Mannix ...
Jefferson (voice) (as Ed Mannix)
...
Young (voice)
Milton James ...
Albert (voice) (as Milt James)
Steve Kramer ...
Paco (voice)
John Dantona ...
Bishop Moretti (voice)
Jeff Winkless ...
Informant (voice)
Tony Oliver ...
Robert Dawson (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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He shoots...he scores...he'll blow you away!


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Trivia

One of the earliest anime productions to use CGI. It did not become a common addition to the genre until the mid-90s with the advent of Macross Plus and Ghost in the Shell. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Duke finds out who Dr. Z really is]
Cindy: Who is this?
Golgo 13: You almost had me fooled.
Cindy: Duke?
Golgo 13: I tested the phone in the safe. It's a fake. If I had more time, I'm sure I can locate the remote switch. You ought to get an Oscar for that act you put on. Oh, and by the way, Cindy, I know who Dr. Z is: It's you.
Cindy: [hesitates] Duke! Duuuuuuke!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Project X Zone (2012) See more »

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Golgo 13 and I
Performed by Cindy Wood
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All Attitude, No Feeling
20 May 2010 | by (The Divided States of Earth) – See all my reviews

The plot is a good backdrop for the style and the action, but it's irrelevant to the quality of the film.

'Golgo 13' loves showing things indirectly, be it by looking at things through a mirror, by looking through an obstacle like a fence, by showing the effect of an action symbolically, or (beware the twist) by only showing the effect to imply the action, OR simply by obscuring the view with bright light, smoke, flames, spurting blood,...

It even more loves looking at single elements individually. They say about Leone's and Tarantino's movies that even the smallest character is the star of the movie for the moment he is in that widescreen frame. In 'Golgo 13' every inanimate object, animal or body part can be the movie's star for a moment. A finger cocking a gun becomes an act of god.

The style is over the top from beginning to end, less by means of multiplication of the glorified things and actions but more by means of subtraction of unnecessary elements. We know people need a floor to walk on, we don't need to see the floor at any given moment. We also know where a character is at once we have seen a wide shot, we can see the character in blank space or any other background that reflects his thoughts or emotions and we still remember what the factual surroundings are.

Although many of those approaches are typical of Japanese animated films not many are as convicted in following them or as inventive in their execution.

The visual power of the movie doesn't come from the individual images, the key of its power lies in the motion.

There isn't a sequence without movement and should there be such a rare moment then it isn't there to last for more than a second. It's like hungry vultures circling around dead meat for hours and hours with deadly patience. The cadaver can't run away but it very well can be snatched away by competitive scavengers. - 'Golgo 13' reeks of death. Everyone will die, it's just a question of when. Nihilism means seeing everyone dead already. To the characters in 'Golgo 13' taking a life is equalized by the notion of creating something new, the notion of giving birth to death. In this world without meaning the assassin Golgo 13 has the edge because he counts himself into the equation. He won't think twice before risking his life, he looks death in the face like he would look in the face of his mother. To be is not to be. By the end the whole world seems to come crashing down and no character cares to go on living anymore. The movie is all attitude, no feeling, and it's so consequent at this that it becomes a statement.


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