Golgo 13: The Professional (1983)

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Man, if you were a kid in the 80s, you were lucky if you had Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode for the NES, a game that somehow had sniper rifle murder, conspiracy, bioterrorism and a sex scene that gives you back your energy. How did we get this game?

After two live action attempts* at telling the story of Dick Togo, the world’s greatest killer, Golgo 13: The Professional was made. It isn’t just an animated film. It’s also one of the first animated films to incorporate CGI animation.

After killing Robert Dawson, the son of oil baron Leonard Dawson and the heir of Dawson Enterprises, as well as liquidating a mob boss named Dr. Z, Golgo 13 finds himself hunted by the Pentagon, the FBI and the CIA, as well as Snake, their genetically-enhanced supersoldier named Snake. It seems like he’s finally killed the wrong target, one who has a father who wants him dead.

Dawson is willing to put everyone in his family into the line of fire to kill Golgo 13. He gives Robert’s wife to Snake to use and abuse, while sending his granddaughter Emily and butler Albert to assassinate the killing machine. They fail. He just walks away.

So why isn’t Dawson going after the people who ordered the hit? Is he rich enough to shut down America? And will the government release the terrifying criminals Gold and Silver to kill Golgo 13?

If you’ve never experienced Golgo 13 before, you may wonder, how can a man just keep getting shot, stabbed and beaten over and over again, yet have women throw themselves at him, and he never changes his expression? If you get it, you get it, I guess.

* 1973’s Golgo 13 and 1977’s Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon. There’s also a sequel to this animated movie, 1987’s Golgo 13: Queen Bee.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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