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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 »
The Ford dealership that Rita runs in San Francisco displays models (including the modified Ford Laser hatchback Golgo 13 uses in his getaway) that were produced for the European market only. The only exception in this case is Rita's Ford Thunderbird. See more »
Air Traffic Controller:
Flight 101, maintain course correction at 1000 feet, and hold in the pattern. You will be cleared to land on Runway 4 East in two minutes.
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The R1 Urban Vision DVD uses Japanese 80's pop music in the opening and closing of the English language track, but uses instrumental jazz variations of those songs in the Japanese language track. See more »
Golgo 13: The Professional was banned in Singapore. See more »
The story here is of a hard paid assassin, called for no good reason either Golgo 13 or Duke Togo, who earns the wrath of very important people who then try to kill him. The atmosphere of the film is dark and hopeless, the main character ruthless and seemingly indomitable. One hour and a half later, you still know nothing about Golgo and no one has killed him yet.
In a way it reminds me of 70's movies Italian movies or maybe French Alain Delon. It does unfold in Europe and, beside Golgo himself and maybe Snake, all characters are European or American. The final fight against weird and powerful assassins is clearly Japanese though.
Bottom line: nice anime, but kind of pointless. It is impossible to sympathize with the main character and, in the end, you don't care if he lives or dies. That's the main drawback of a film that, otherwise, is pretty good.
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