Golgo 13 The Professional Anime Movie Review: Done by Rancel
Golgo 13 the Professional is a 1983 adult oriented Japanese anime film about a James Bond like professional hit man named Duke Togo. Originally the anime was a manga/comic book. The anime film contains extreme violence with sexual content. An OVA (Original Video Animation) called Queen Bee was released in 1998. There is also a 50 episodes anime TV Series of Golgo 13.
Duke Togo, code-named Golgo 13 is a professional assassin. Women find his charms irresistible and his targets fear him. Duke Togo always gets the job done under a veil of anonymity. He recently killed Robert Dawson, the son of Leonard Dawson and CEO of Dawson Enterprises. Leonard Dawson is out for revenge. He employs female assassins, corrupt informants, genetically enhanced serial killers, CIA, FBI, and the U.S. Military to eliminate the mysterious Golgo 13. The seemingly invincible Duke Togo is facing his greatest challenge when he squares off against two assassins Gold & Silver and his deadliest enemy, a super-human powered mutant named Snake.
Golgo 13 the Professional is another early anime I watched in the 90’s. It was distributed in the U.S. by Streamline Pictures on VHS. This 91 minute anime movie is adult oriented with graphic violence, soft-core sex scenes, and full-frontal nudity. The English dubbing is decent. Golgo 13 the Professional has a good story with intense fight scenes, and interesting characters. The characters range from deformed freaks, psychotically evil, and perverse ones; Gold & Silver, Snake; and also the beautiful and horny, Cindy.
With its gritty atmosphere, story, and its characters, Golgo 13 has some similarities to crime dramas, such as the Charles Bronson film, The Mechanic (1972) and Steve McQueen’s Bullitt (1968). Duke Togo/Golgo 13 is a more serious and cold version of James Bond. He doesn’t talk much and never smiles.
All Golgo 13 cares about is fulfilling his contract, money, and sleeping with as many females as he can for fun. There isn’t much of a background story given on Duke Togo, yet he remains interesting. He is very cool, unequaled in hand to hand combat, weapons marksmanship, and kills his targets with high-speed precision and no emotion. A lot of the scenes in Golgo 13 use a lot of different angles with some over the top slow-down effects.
The animation for Golgo 13 the Professional is decent for a 1983 anime and done with great detail. It has a gritty feel that makes the film look like something out of an adult comic book. The artwork has a similar style to Crying Freeman, which is another adult themed anime. GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka is a more recent anime that makes use of this style of artwork. During the comic book style framed scenes, you can see the pencil marks on the characters. The unique characters have detailed expressions whether it be anger or sexual pleasure. Everyone is drawn and animated in a cinematic way.
The females in Golgo 13 actually look like women and are very beautiful with their voluptuous bodies and breast. The men look like tough thugs and Snake himself looks creepy and nasty looking. There’s no kid like cartoon brightness to this anime. The dark film noir atmosphere fits the anime perfectly. Golgo 13 the Professional is one of the earliest anime’s to use CGI. It is featured during the final scenes featuring a military gunship attacking Duke Togo while he’s in the Dawson building. The fight Duke Togo has with Snake and Gold & Silver in the Dawson Tower are the highlights of the films great action scenes. They give Duke all he can handle in a blood filled grudge match.
Duke Togo uses his intensive martial arts training and tries to pummel Snake to death, who doesn’t seem to feel pain. Snake nearly kills Duke Togo by slashing him up with his yo-yo like knives while in the elevator. The exhausted and badly wounded Golgo 13 barely manages to kill Gold & Silver using his guns. The ending is not what you expect when Duke Togo has a face to face encounter with Leonard Dawson. Mr. Dawson explains his true reasons for revenge.
The soundtrack for the movie is a Jazz score. Golgo 13 is a classic anime with a well-written story mixed in with exciting action scenes, lots of blood, high body count, car chases, and erotica. Golgo 13: the Professional was popular enough at one time to spawn some video games. A 1972 Japanese produced live-action movie was released featuring Sonny Chiba portraying the part of Duke Togo/Golgo 13.
Golgo 13: The Professional (1983) Anime Movie Trailer
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