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Golgo 13: The Professional (1983)

Golgo 13 (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Crime | 23 October 1992 (USA)
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After killing the son of a powerful oil tycoon, an assassin-for-hire becomes the target of American soldiers and superhuman killers.

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Osamu Dezaki

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Takao Saitô (manga), Shûkei Nagasaka (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsurô Sagawa ... Duke Togo / Golgo 13 (voice)
Gorô Naya ... Leonard Dawson (voice)
Toshiko Fujita ... Cindy (voice)
Kôsei Tomita Kôsei Tomita ... Bob Bragan (voice)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ... General T. Jefferson (voice)
Reiko Mutô Reiko Mutô ... Laura Dawson (voice)
Kei Tomiyama Kei Tomiyama ... Robert Dawson (voice)
Shunsuke Shima Shunsuke Shima ... Pago (voice)
Rokurô Naya Rokurô Naya ... Bishop Moretti (voice)
Kôichi Chiba Kôichi Chiba ... The Clockmaker (voice)
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Bodyguard / Various (voice)
Issei Futamata ... Bodyguard / Various (voice)
Mitsuo Senda Mitsuo Senda ... Big Snake (voice)
Ichirô Murakoshi Ichirô Murakoshi ... E. Young, CIA (voice)
Shingo Kanemoto Shingo Kanemoto ... F. Garbin, FBI (voice)
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Storyline

Indestructible to his enemies and irrestible to women, the professional assassin codenamed GOLGO 13 is shrouded in mystery and anonymity. If you're on his hit list your already dead. Always hired on his reputation alone, GOLGO 13 never breaks a contract. But can he survive the combine forces of the FBI, CIA, The Pentagon and the U.S. Army? Has the nameless agent finally met his match against the superhuman powers of the Snake and the twin evils of the psychopathic mercenaries, Gold and Silver? Written by <a.leahy@uws.edu.au>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Professional: Golgo 13 See more »

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

Golgo 13: The Professional was banned in Singapore. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Anime Abandon: Apocalypse Zero (2013) See more »

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Pray for You
Performed by Cynthia Wood
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Feels Italian, made by Japanese
6 November 2012 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

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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