(aka "Golgo 13: Kūron no kubi" or "The Kowloon Assignment")

 

directed by Junya Sato
Japan 1977

 

Based upon the best-selling manga "Golgo 13" by Takao Saitō, who also wrote the script for "Golgo 13" (1973), where Ken Takakura played the cool and ruthless hitman Golgo 13. A huge success, Yukio Noda, who also directed the original, made a sequal four years later, "Golgo 13: Kowloon Assignment", this time with Sonny Chiba as Golgo 13. Chiba and Noda had previously worked together on the first Yakuza Daku film.

The charm of this sequel is, that it doesn't take itself serious. The plot barely holds the action- and fight sequences together, and there is a lot of nudity, and a Chiba as cool as ever. One of the best Chiba exploitation flicks.

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: 1977

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DVD Review: Optimum (The Sonny China Collection Vol. 2) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

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Runtime 1:28:45
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2.47:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.84 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Optimum

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.47:1

Edition Details:
• Poster Gallery and trailers for following Optimum Chiba releases
• The Killing Machine (2:53 / 16x9)
• Street Fighter (2:52 / 16x9)
• Return of Street Fighter (3:01 / 16x9)
• Street Fighter's Last Revenge (2:55 / 16x9)
• Yakuza Deka (2:41 / 16x9)
• Yakuza Deka The Assassin (2:41 / 16x9)
• Bullet Train (1:29 / 16x9)
• G.I. Samurai (3:20 / 16x9)
• Golgo 13 (3:04 / 16x9)
• Biography (text)

DVD Release Date: September 19, 2005
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Comments Apart from minor artifacts, this is one stunning transfer. Based on a newly digital master from the original Japanese 35mm negative, the colors are vivid, and the entire frame just stands out. I doubt this film ever has looked as good as now.

Part of the 3-disc "Sonny Chiba Collection Vol. 2", along with "G.I. Samurai" and "Bullet Train"

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 






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