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Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon (1977)

Golgo 13: Kûron no kubi (original title)
A HK cop investigates several similar murders done by Chow's men. Golgo 13, top sniper, is the 4th assassin hired to kill HK drug lord Chow for Americans wanting the HK drug market.


Yukio Noda


Isao Matsumoto (screenplay), Nobuaki Nakajima (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Duke Togo / Golgo 13 (as Sonny Chiba)
Lun Chia ... Detective Smith (as Callan)
Etsuko Shihomi ... Lam Ling
Emi Shindô Emi Shindô ... Yip Lin
Yung-En Sun Yung-En Sun ... Kong Laan (as Elaine Sung)
Dana ... Leika
Nick Wai Kei Lam ... Chow Lui Fung
Jerry Itô Jerry Itô ... Polanski
Chih-Chung Li Chih-Chung Li ... Wong Tak Ming
Yao Lin Chen ... Chan
Shu-Tong Wong ... Hung
Joana Tors Joana Tors ... Maliya
Fiona Humphrey Fiona Humphrey ... Cassowary
Chin-Lai Sung ... Lee (as Gam Shing Sung)
Tien-Hsi Tang Tien-Hsi Tang ... Baldy Nyudo


Blood for Money! Sonny Chiba is "Golgo 13", a cold, calculating, ruthless assassin, working for the U.S. drug syndicate. His assignment: "take-out" Hong Kong's underworld kingpin. His only obstacle: a relentless cop, determined to stop him - no matter what the cost. The result is an explosive adventure through the seamy, violent streets of Hong Kong. Written by Anonymous

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A master assassin, bent on blood!


Action | Crime | Thriller


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One of the first comic book based movies to receive an R-rating. See more »


In the final island sequence, when Golgo 13 emerges from the sea wearing shorts there is no sign of the leg wound he received a few scenes previously. See more »


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Hardboiled noir that never runs out of ammo
20 April 2004 | by sixtwentysixSee all my reviews

Also known as Golgo 13: Operation Kowloon,(US title) this is a perfect example of a grindhouse cinema Yakuza movie. Before John Woo there were these Yakuza movies. Films that merge the fetish of a slasher film with sex, guns and ammo. Gritty noir that has all of detective work of Chinatown with none of the charm or depth. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it just means that it's a different more lowbrow but equally watchable form of entertainment. Another American example would be Charles Bronson's "The Mechanic" from 1972.

As the relentless killer Golgo 13, a hitman that NEVER leaves a job unfinished, Sonny Chiba delivers what I would dare say the most hardboiled of it's time hitman movie. Devoid of mercy and full of bullet holes this movie takes out all of it's aggression on it's viewer with a rapid fire delivery of the plot and action sequences that flow together as if it's own style of dialog.

A perfect starter film for anyone interested in grindhouse and kung-fu style movies. Movies like Leon, Kill Bill, Ichi The Killer and later John Woo's The Killer all tip a hat to Chiba's work in this film.

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Release Date:

15 September 1977 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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2.35 : 1
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