Golgo 13: Kûron no Kobi (1977, JAP) C-93m. SCOPE ** D: Yukio Noda. Starring Sonny Chiba, Chia Lun, Etsuko Shihomi, Emi Shindo, Elaine Sung, Dana. Crime thriller about charismatic assassin Duke Togo aka Golgo 13, who goes after a drug syndicate in Japan, Hong Kong and Macao. Some stylish directorial touches, but terribly uneven plot, though Chiba makes all the difference as quiet but tense, super-cool killer. He would have made a formidable Bond villain at the time. Based on a comic by Takao Saitô, this is a sequel to GOLGO 13 (1973) and was followed by the animated THE PROFESSIONAL: GOLGO 13 (1983). Also known as THE KOWLOON ASSIGNMENT.

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