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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.

Director:

Osamu Dezaki

Writers:

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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Right now... a cinematic gem unlike any other in the world... a computer-anime... has just been finished! See more »


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the earliest anime productions to use CGI. It did not become a common addition to the genre until the mid-90s with the advent of Macross Plus and Ghost in the Shell. See more »

Goofs

When Cindy tells Golgo 13 that he is the first Asian she has met in the Japanese version, the last part of her line is spoken without her moving her lips. This does not occur in the English dub, which (in addition to altering the line so that she instead says that he is the first Asian she has slept with) has the last part of her line being spoken off-screen. See more »

Quotes

[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

Spoofed in The Simpsons: Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part Two (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Pray for You
Performed by Cynthia Wood
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Yes, it's good
24 August 2016 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

I admit that this movie does have a lot of flaws, but I think in the long run, the good outweighed the bad. It was interesting to watch if only because "Golgo 13" is the longest running manga by number of years. It was interesting just to find out about it. It's pretty easy to tell that this was modeled after James Bond. I think the worst part is how it does take awhile to really get good. When it does get good, it just keeps getting better and better! This is the first animated film to use CGI in some way. The helicopter at the end looks very bad. The opening sequence, however, does it a lot better, if only because it's not meant to be part of the story.

It's weird to see an animated movie of any kind that has swearing and nudity. Keep in the mind that it wasn't really until the 1980's that the Japanese started making feature length anime movies and this was one of the first to be based on a manga. Makes sense, seeing as how it's the longest running one. The villain in the film is probably the best part. He really is set up very well and you could even argue that he might have fewer vices than the actual hero of the story. It's a very gracefully done film, but due to its content is probably not for all tastes. Still nice. ***


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