Golgo 13: The Professional

Golgo 13: The Professional, known as simply Golgo 13 (ゴルゴ13) in Japan, is a 1983 Japanese animated action film based on the manga series Golgo 13 by Takao Saito.[1] The film was directed by Osamu Dezaki, produced by Nobuo Inada and was written from a screenplay by Shukei Nagasaka. It is the first film based on the manga and the third overall, as well as the first animated film to incorporate CGI animation, created by Koichi Omura and Satomi Mikuriya at Toyo Links Co., Ltd.. The most notable example of this is during the helicopter attack on Dawson Tower. The film features the voice acting of Tetsurō Sagawa, Gorō Naya, Toshiko Fujita, Kōsei Tomita, Kiyoshi Kobayashi and Reiko Mutō.

Golgo 13: The Professional
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Japanese theatrical poster
HepburnGorugo Sātīn
Directed byOsamu Dezaki
Produced byNobuo Inada
Screenplay byShūkei Nagasaka
Based onGolgo 13
by Takao Saito
StarringTetsuro Sagawa
Gorô Naya
Toshiko Fujita
Kōsei Tomita
Kiyoshi Kobayashi
Reiko Mutō
Music byToshiyuki Kimori
CinematographyHirokata Takahashi
Edited byMitsuo Tsurubuchi
Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Filmlink International
Distributed byToho-Towa
Release date
  • May 28, 1983 (1983-05-28)
Running time
93 minutes

The film was released by Toho-Towa on May 28, 1983. Upon release, the film received mixed reviews yet was widely praised for the animation design.


Professional contract killer Duke Togo—codenamed "Golgo 13"—is hired to assassinate Robert Dawson, the son of oil baron Leonard Dawson and the heir of Dawson Enterprises, and succeeds. Later, after accomplishing a hit on a powerful crime boss in Sicily, Golgo is suddenly attacked by the U.S. military and discovers that his informant, the clockmaker, has been killed by Snake, a genetically altered assassin. Aided by the Pentagon, the FBI, and the CIA, Dawson has become determined to kill Golgo and avenge his son's death.

A military force, led by Lieutenant Bob Bragan, attempts to ambush Golgo while he is in the middle of an assignment from a wealthy Holocaust survivor in San Francisco, California to assassinate an ex-Nazi official. The plan fails, and Bragan's entire force is wiped out. However, a dying Bragan manages to wound Golgo. Meanwhile, Rita, the mechanic that supplied Golgo with his getaway car, is murdered by Snake.

Having been consumed by revenge, Dawson begins to allow the rest of his family to be harmed. For Snake's cooperation, he allows him to rape Laura, Robert's widow, and sends his granddaughter, Emily, and butler, Albert, to an airport to murder Golgo with a firearm concealed in a doll. The shot misses, and Albert reaches for his handgun. Golgo shoots Albert in the chest, a crowd gathers, and Golgo walks away nonchalantly.

Dawson, in a meeting with the FBI, the CIA and the Pentagon, demands the release of Gold and Silver, two notorious murderers who were part of a covert government operation to test the survival rate of mercenaries in the jungles of South America. When the group refuses his request because Gold and Silver are on death row, Dawson threatens to halt all operations that his company controls, which include oil refineries and banks. The group agrees to his demands in fear that the economy of the country will collapse. When Laura demands to know why Dawson has refused to seek vengeance on whoever ordered the hit on Robert, he refuses to answer.

Pablo, an informant for Golgo, informs him that Dawson ordered the hit on him and that he's currently in Dawson's tower awaiting his advance. Pablo goes on to inform Golgo that his wife and children are being kept at ransom in the tower. Pablo attempts to shoot Golgo, but is killed by Golgo first.

Golgo arrives at Dawson Tower in New York City, and begins his ascent to the top floor on foot. He first plays a game of cat and mouse with a fleet of helicopter gunships sent to kill him. While on the move, Golgo is attacked by Snake, and a brutal fight occurs between the two in an elevator. A Bell AH-1 attack helicopter shoots the elevator, killing Snake while Golgo hides by the edge unseen by the helicopter. Gold and Silver are then sent to ambush Golgo. During the attack, Golgo counters both of them; bludgeoning Gold on the head repeatedly with the butt of his revolver and shooting him. Silver, blinded by rage at his partner's death, runs towards Golgo, who quickly stuffs a grenade in Silver's mouth, killing him. Golgo then proceeds towards Dawson.

Admitting failure, Dawson orders all action against Golgo to end. Golgo finally encounters Dawson at the top of his building. Following a brief monologue, Dawson attempts suicide by leaping out of the window. As he falls, Dawson remembers Robert's suicide note, which reveals that, despite receiving much care from his father throughout his lifetime, Robert was overcome with grief over the possibility that he would never fulfil his father's ambitions; unable to commit suicide, he requested Golgo to kill him. Before Dawson hits the ground, Golgo shoots him in the head. Dawson falls headfirst, crushing his skull and any evidence that he was shot. His death is ruled as accidental by the authorities.

Afterwards, Golgo encounters Laura, who has since become a prostitute. Upon recognizing him she reaches for a pistol and aims it at Golgo, he then turns his back to her and walks away, Laura then proceeds to shoot him. In the pre-credits scene, Golgo limps along into the night with a bullet hole in his back, accepting his fate.


Character Japanese English
(Streamline Pictures, 1992)
Duke Togo/Golgo 13 Tetsurō Sagawa Gregory Snegoff
Leonard Dawson Gorō Naya Michael McConnohie
Cindy Toshiko Fujita Joyce Kurtz
Lt. Bob Bragan Kōsei Tomita Mike Reynolds
Gen. T. Jefferson Kiyoshi Kobayashi Edward Mannix
Laura Dawson Reiko Mutō Edie Mirman
Rita Kazue Komiya Diane Michelle
E. Young Ichirō Murakoshi Michael Forest
F. Garvin Shingo Kanemoto David Povall
The Clockmaker Koichi Chiba Jeff Winkless as Informant
Pablo Takeshi Aono Kerrigan Mahan
Robert Dawson Kei Tomiyama Tony Oliver
Bishop Moretti Rokurō Naya John Dantona
Pago Shunsuke Shima Steve Kramer as Paco
Albert Kōichi Kitamura Milton James
Emily Dawson Kumiko Takizawa Karlyn Michelson
Computer 1 Operator Kazuo Hayashi Carl Macek (uncredited)
Cindy's Bodyguard Daisuke Gōri Kerrigan Mahan (uncredited)
Cindy's Minion Issei Futamata Jeff Winkless as Jean (uncredited)
Jailer Yusaku Yara Simon Prescott (uncredited)
Big Snake Mitsuo Senda Gregory Snegoff as Snake
Gold Unknown Eddie Frierson
Silver Rokurō Naya[2] Kerrigan Mahan


Golgo 13: The Professional incorporated CGI animation, which was in its infancy at the time. This is most notable in a scene where army helicopters circle around Dawson Tower and attack Golgo as he climbs toward Dawson's office on the top floor. The CGI scene was created by Koichi Omura (大村皓一 Ōmura Kōichi) and Satomi Mikuriya (御厨 さと美 Mikuriya Satomi) at Toyo Links Co., Ltd. (トーヨーリンクス Tōyō Rinkusu).

Popular cultureEdit

Quentin Tarantino paid homage to the Golgo 13 anime in the animated sequence of Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003).[3]


  1. ^ "劇場編" [Theatrical Releases]. 1998 Animage Pocket Data Notes. Animage Pocket Data Notes (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Tokuma Shoten. March 1998. p. 74.
  2. ^ "Golgo 13: The Professional (1983)". Seiyū Jiten (in Japanese). Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Clements, Jonathan; McCarthy, Helen (2015). The Anime Encyclopedia, 3rd Revised Edition: A Century of Japanese Animation. Stone Bridge Press. p. 629. ISBN 9781611729092.

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