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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:
(6 articles)
DVD Review: Golgo 13 Always Hits Its Tiny Mark
 (From Twitch. 2 July 2012, 4:42 AM, PDT)

Review: Golgo 13 (Episodes 1 - 13)
 (From Twitch. 26 June 2012, 2:00 AM, PDT)

Competition: Win Studio Ghibli’s ‘Whisper of the Heart’ on Blu-ray
 (From Blogomatic3000. 8 January 2012, 3:20 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
All Attitude, No Feeling 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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Additional Details

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:
The car Rita was driving was a Ford Thunderbird.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:
[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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
All Attitude, No Feeling, 20 May 2010
Author: Perception_de_Ambiguity from The Divided States of Earth

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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