Movies for Gamers: Golgo 13: The Professional (1983)

Movies For Gamers is a section of where we post and discuss a trailer for a classic cult movie. The movies we select will hopefully be movies that gamers will love too. And of course, if you haven’t seen it, we’ll give you a link to get it.

Golgo 13 The Professional poster

What do you get when you target a bad ass, aviator wearing, smoking, rifle toting assassin? You get Golgo 13: The Professional. A film which is manages a fine balance between being utterly bad ass and brutal at the same time. The fact that it’s an anime in some ways helps it, because a live action film like this could easily suck, but it suits the animation very well. With a keen focus on sniping, you watch the story of Golgo 13 (aka Duke Togo) unfold the mystery of who set him up and then exact revenge. The plot is full of betrayal and quick, brutal consequences for everyone who crosses Golgo 13.

Golgo 13 The Professional screen

Golgo 13 is heralded by old school anime fan boys like myself. It’s also been adapted into several video games over the years. First was on the SG-1000 (an Atari era Sega console) which had you sniping from a car. Then 2 adventure games on the NES which feature multiple styles of gameplay, Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode and The Mafat Conspiracy. These games are actually pretty good. There was also a series of arcade games which feature a sniper rifle controller and runs you through scenarios to pull off the highly skilled kills that Golgo 13 pulls off. An animated comic book was also released on the Playstation called Golgo 13: Kenenai Guntai and a quiz game called Golgo 13: File G-13 o Oe for the DS was released.

Leave a Reply