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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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User Reviews:
All Attitude, No Feeling See more (24 total) »

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:
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:
F. Garvin:Mr. Dawson, the FBI has always been at your complete disposal and...
Leonard Dawson:You call that complete? Go comb the federal prison, but get me someone to finish him off.
F. Garvin:Federal Prison? What do you mean by that?
Leonard Dawson:Garvin, you're far too smart to be this stupid
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Project X Zone (2012) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pray for YouSee more »

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4 out of 5 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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