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The Professional: Golgo 13 -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Gregory Snegoff (english version)
Shûkei Nagasaka (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 October 1992 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
He shoots...he scores...he'll blow you away!
Plot:
An infamous hit-man becomes the target of a powerful oil tycoon after the former kills the latter's son. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
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DVD Review: Golgo 13 Always Hits Its Tiny Mark
 (From Twitch. 2 July 2012, 4:42 AM, PDT)

Review: Golgo 13 (Episodes 1 - 13)
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A powerfully superb anime classic. See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Gregory Snegoff ... Golgo 13 / Snake (voice: English version) (as Greg Snegoff)

Michael McConnohie ... Leonard Dawson (voice: English version)
Mike Reynolds ... Bragan (voice: English version)
Edie Mirman ... Laura (voice: English version)
Joyce Kurtz ... Cindy (voice: English version)
Diane Michelle ... Rita (voice: English version)
Kerrigan Mahan ... Pablo / Silver (voice: English version)

David Povall ... Garvin (voice: English version)
Edward Mannix ... Jefferson (voice: English version) (as Ed Mannix)

Michael Forest ... Young (voice: English version)
Milton James ... Albert (voice: English version) (as Milt James)
Steve Kramer ... Paco (voice: English version)
John Dantona ... Bishop Moretti (voice: English version)
Jeff Winkless ... Informant (voice: English version)
Tony Oliver ... Robert Dawson (voice: English version)
Karlyn Michelson ... Emily (voice: English version)
Eddie Frierson ... Gold (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takeshi Aono ... Pablo (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Kôichi Chiba ... The Informant (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Toshiko Fujita ... Dr. Zed (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Issei Futamata ... Cindy's Minion (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Daisuke Gôri ... Cindy's Bodyguard (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Kazuo Hayashi ... Computer 1 Operator (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Shingo Kanemoto ... F. Garbin (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ... General T. Jefferson (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Ichirô Murakoshi ... E. Young (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Reiko Mutô ... Laura Dawson (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Gorô Naya ... Leonard Dawson (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Rokurô Naya ... Bishop Moretti (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Tetsurô Sagawa ... Golgo 13 (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Shunsuke Shima ... Pago (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Kumiko Takizawa ... Rita (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Kôsei Tomita ... Lt. Bob Bragen (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Kei Tomiyama ... Robert Dawson (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)
Yûsaku Yara ... Lab Tech (voice: Japanese version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Osamu Dezaki 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shûkei Nagasaka  screenplay
Takao Saitô  comic
Gregory Snegoff  english version

Produced by
Yutaka Fujioka .... executive producer
Nobuo Inada .... producer
Carl Macek .... english language producer
Mataichirô Yamamoto .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Toshiyuki Ohmori 
 
Cinematography by
Hirokata Takahashi 
 
Film Editing by
Masatoshi Tsurubuchi 
 
Art Direction by
Shichirô Kobayashi 
 
Production Management
Jerry Beck .... production manager (english version)
Yoichi Ikeda .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shunji Ôga .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Wataru Date .... recording director
 
Visual Effects by
Satomi Mikuriya .... CG director
Koichi Omura .... CG executive producer
 
Animation Department
Atsuko Fukushima .... key animator
Kôji Morimoto .... key animator (as Kouji Morimoto)
Shinji Otsuka .... key animator
Akio Sugino .... animation director
 
Music Department
Seiji Suzuki .... music selection
 

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Also Known As:
"Golgo 13" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
UK:91 min | USA:95 min
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | New Zealand:R16 | Singapore:(Banned) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Leonard Dawson is loosely patterned after actor/game show host Richard Dawson (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), who was also an immigrant from England who found success in the United States.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Cindy:[Cindy is about to have sex with Golgo 13] This is my first time... with an Asian.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Karnov (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Golgo 13 and ISee more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A powerfully superb anime classic., 19 December 1999
Author: DragonFire99 from NJ, USA

THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 is an archetypal animated crime drama. This is a relentlessly brutal film about one man's crusade to destroy the elusive figure who was solely responsible for the murder of his own kin. THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 is also an emotionally disturbing film which demonstrates the pain and distress of having to cope with the loss of a love one. It serves as a chilling reminder of how human beings can easily succumb to the power of suffering. THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 is a tautly made film dealing with the psychological mind, but most importantly of all, it is a thriller that leaves you on the edge-of-your-seat from the first frame to the finish.

Duke Togo (a.k.a. Golgo 13) is an assassin for hire. He does not care about his clients at all; he only cares about himself and his money. Devoid of emotion, Golgo's life is predominated by violence and sex. Golgo's latest mission is to terminate Mr. Robert Dawson, the son of a wealthy oil-business baron, Leonard Dawson. With just a single bullet, Golgo 13 has successfully accomplished this task. Meanwhile, Mr. Leonard Dawson, understandably aggravated with the death of his only son, has vowed to terminate this assassin once and for all. Leonard Dawson is usually use to `getting what he wants,' but this entrepreneur does not realize what a formidable foe Golgo 13 might be...

Desperate, Leonard Dawson has hired a number of professional mercenaries and agencies to assist him in tracking and eliminating his loose cannon. Along the way, Dawson has employed a ruthless, cold-blooded killer named `Snake' to personally make sure that Golgo 13 suffer a violent and painful demise...

However, Golgo 13 always manages to be ahead of the game. Whenever danger strikes, this elusive hitman always succeeds in escaping with his life. He is quick, agile, and intuitive, but consequently, he is a man with little sentiment...

Golgo 13 is constantly on the run from the menacing villains of every color. Will Golgo 13 be able to save his own skin...or will he truly meet his match with a professional adversary?

THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 is certainly an adult-oriented tale. This is an extremely sickening film, with grotesque deaths being shown in explicit detail second by second. The color red tends to literally predominate the screen at times. Typical of the Japanese animation style is also the gratuitous use of frontal female nudity, especially since virtually every female in this movie removes her clothes at least once during the film's duration. Indeed, as shown by the abundance of sanguinary violence, soft-core sex scenes (Golgo's love-making scene with `Cindy' is particularly steamy.) and unclothed females, THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 is animation made strictly for mature audiences.

It would be unfair to dismiss THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 just because of its excessive violence and nudity. Unlike most films of this caliber, what is admiring about this movie is that though it is full of sex and violence, it does not let those two qualities overshadow the film's technical and also rather profound attributes. First, the technical accomplishments in this movie are plentiful. The camerawork and editing are stylishly done. They often shift from the use of freeze frames to slow motion sequences to split screen features. The animation too, is marvelous; the use of different colors and lighting effects are utilized to the first degree in order to symbolize a certain character's behavior such as pleasure or anger. As well, the computer generated action scenes near the end are themselves a masterfully created piece of work. THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 contains some of the best artwork and details of a modern animated feature.

THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 is also a trenchant character study. This movie shows the mental anguish and vulnerability in the human soul, as demonstrated by the erratic behavior Leonard Dawson displays. THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 spares no punches as it illustrates that human misery does not only affect the individual himself; it could also affect his loved ones just as sharply. This motion picture shows as well how an obsession with revenge will leave a person devastated even more deeply. It is a very sad movie indeed, but this movie dares you to actually show sorrow for many of the characters involved in the predicament...

What makes THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 even more remarkable is the film's diversely outrageous cast of characters. They range from the sick and bizarre lunatic, `Snake,' to the deformed twins `Gold' and `Silver,' and then, to the sexy, lascivious lady, `Cindy.' The breakthrough character sketches in this movie (plus the state-of-the-art animation) make the viewer believe that instead of watching a lame cartoon, he/she is experiencing an actual feature presentation. THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 is truly `number one...with a bullet.'

Overall, THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 is a unique experience. Unlike most superficial, one-dimensional cartoon presentations, THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 is a realistic (albeit still an animated feature) film that is rather plaintive, bleak, and depressing. At the same time though, THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 will leave you breathless as the amazing action and gritty visuals will keep you addicted for more excitement. The animation especially, is notably conceived. THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 is a destined cult hit in the making. Though this is an animated film, the spellbinding plot, assured direction, plus the three dimensional characters and strong themes help give this motion picture a potently authentic quality. There are more than enough plot twists to keep you enthralled even after the denouncement. Plus, a powerful subtext (amongst many) about how the letting of one's emotions cloud his/her thoughts can easily cripple one's life forever will keep the viewer suitably mesmerized. This is a film that will leave you contemplating about how delicate the human soul really is...

If you are looking for a near perfect thriller, then search no further.

RATING: ***1/2 out of ****.

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