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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 »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Tetsurô Sagawa ... Duke (voice)
Gregory Snegoff ... DJ / Duke / Snake (voice: English version) (as Greg Snegoff)
Gorô Naya ... Dawson (voice)

Michael McConnohie ... Dawson (voice: English version)
Kôsei Tomita ... Bob (voice)
Mike Reynolds ... Bob (voice: English version)
Reiko Mutô ... Laura (voice)
Edie Mirman ... Laura (voice: English version)
Toshiko Fujita ... Cindy (voice)
Joyce Kurtz ... Cindy (voice: English version)
Kumiko Takizawa ... Rita (voice)
Diane Michelle ... Rita (voice: English version)
Takeshi Aono ... Pablo (voice)
Kerrigan Mahan ... A / Bodyguard / Controller / Pablo / Silver / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Shingo Kanemoto ... Garvin (voice)

David Povall ... Garvin (voice: English version)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ... Jefferson (voice)
Edward Mannix ... Jefferson (voice: English version) (as Ed Mannix)
Ichirô Murakoshi ... Young (voice)

Michael Forest ... Young / Z (voice: English version)
Milton James ... Albert / Walla (voice: English version) (as Milt James)
Shunsuke Shima ... Paco (voice)
Steve Kramer ... B / Paco / Tech / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Rokurô Naya ... Bishop (voice)
John Dantona ... Bishop / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Kôichi Chiba ... Contact (voice)
Jeff Winkless ... Contact / Jean / Tech / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Kei Tomiyama ... Robert (voice)
Tony Oliver ... Agent / D / Robert / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Karlyn Michelson ... Emily / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Eddie Frierson ... Gold / Tech / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Daisuke Gôri ... Bodyguard (voice)
Issei Futamata ... Bodyguard (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ... Tech (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuo Hayashi ... 1 (voice)
Carl Macek ... 1 / Additional Voices (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Svea Macek ... PA / Additional Voices (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Simon Prescott ... C / Restauranter / Tech / Additional Voices (voice: English 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Golgo 13" - Japan (original title)
"Golgo 13: The Professional" - Australia (imdb display title), Canada (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title), USA (imdb display 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

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Ford dealership Rita runs in San Francisco displays models (including the modified Ford Laser hatchback Duke Togo uses in his getaway) that were for the European market only. The only exception is the Ford Thunderbird Rita drives to pick up Duke Togo from the airport.See more »
Quotes:
Leonard Dawson:[punches Jefferson after belittling his plans to kill Golgo 13 using Gold and Silver] Don't *ever* talk to me like that, you animal! You dare to refuse me... you worthless, disgusting slime? Go ahead and refuse me if you can! I'll suspend every operation under Dawson Enterprises indefinitely! And you know god-damn well what that means...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Project X Zone (2012) (VG)See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
If ever there were a film that should have spawned a franchise..., 2 January 2008
Author: GrandpaBunche from United States

This anime adaptation of Takao Saito's long-running manga classic is one of my all-time favorite action movies, animated or otherwise, and I'm at a loss to explain why so many dyed-in-the-wool anime junkies despise it (cruise the internet and you'll see what I mean).

Duke Togo is the world's greatest assassin-for-hire, better known as "Golgo 13," and if you're on his list you might as well dig the hole because there is no way, repeat, NO WAY you will elude him. Once he's hired, it's your ass. Togo's adventures take him across the globe, and his skills with weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, and damned near anything else a human being could master are constantly put to hair-raising tests. Though lacking in actual meta-human superpowers, Togo could nonetheless be considered a superman, so with that in mind it's seldom in doubt that he'll come out on top in any given situation, so the suspense lies in seeing just how the hell he's going to pull off the often impossible assignments he chooses to accept. All of this information is old news to readers of the venerable manga series, but it's given the most cursory noting in the feature, seen briefly in a C.I.A. transcript at the film's beginning, but it's vital to suspending one's disbelief and once past that we're immediately thrust into Togo's violent world.

Gazillionaire industrialist Leonard Dawson throws a birthday party for his son, Leonard Jr., aboard his private cruise ship, a lavish ceremony in which he names his son heir and successor to his empire, but Dawson's elation is shattered when his son is surgically shot through the forehead with but a single bullet, killing him instantly. The assassin: Duke Togo. The senior Dawson, now nearly insane with grief, launches an all-out war against Golgo 13, employing the most vicious and lethal professionals that his bottomless coffers can procure, including horrific ex-military sociopaths, crooked intelligence officials, and an unspeakably terrifying monster of a man who rightly goes by the moniker "Snake," all while Togo hops the globe carrying out other "jobs." Togo must stay one step ahead of his assailants, each as hard as he is, and figure out how to survive one Christ Almighty perfect storm of graphic violence. And there also lurks the mystery that spurs the plot: exactly who wanted the junior Dawson murdered, and why?

Loaded with more action than most films have any right to possess, Golgo 13 is a breathless kick in the ass that fans of old school James Bond and other such espionage will simply eat up. I first saw it on an untranslated VHS tape in 1986 and I've been a staunch supporter ever since, sharing it with as many people as I can convince to give it a chance despite its reputation as a bomb. I think it may come off a tame when compared to the later excesses in Japanese animation, such as post-apocalyptic slug-fest filled with showering viscera, city- leveling psychic children and titanic robots, female ninjas with poisonous naughty bits, and the ever-popular spectacle of sailor-suited schoolgirls having their every orifice explored by the tentacles and other bits of demonic rapists just before they explode in a torrent of offal and demonic DNA, but Golgo 13 has all of them beat for sheer quality entertainment that even your parents might dig.

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