Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Golgo 13 - Queen Bee|
Actors: John Di Maggio, Denise Poirier, Carlos Ferro, Dwight Schultz, Joe Lala
Director: Osamu Dezaki
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
Code name: Golgo 13 - Professional assassin. — Target: Queen Bee - leader of dissident South American liberation army. — Mission: Terminate the infamous Queen Bee before she kills a high profile presidential candidate. — Prob... more »
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Weak and disappointing.
Ciro | .fl.us | 06/29/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If you saw "Golgo 13: The Professional," or even if you played the watered down NES games, and you're hoping for more of the same, look elsewhere. This movie lacks the storyline, style, and appeal of the original, instad going for an anime-sex overload, with a few exploding heads for flavor."
"Professional" this is not
TrezKu13 | Norfolk, VA | 01/27/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
""The Professional: Golgo 13" is one of my favorite animated films, and I had seen it before this sequal. So, out of curiousity, even though I had heard bad things about it, I rented the movie to check it out.I could not believe what I saw unfold before me on the television screen. This movie dwarfs in comparison to "The Professional." Even though Osamu Dezaki is back to direct, he doesn't achieve the same artistic creativity that I saw in his first Golgo 13 film. The scene involving the pool and the crazed military commander's face becoming a skull were all well and good, but the other artsy scenes just came out flat. The storyline also is horrible, and even though the video box claims it has "an ending you won't see coming" I saw it within the first ten minutes in. And one other thing I couldn't help notice was Golgo 13 wasn't really that involved in the storyline - it's more like "Queen Bee - with a special guest appearance by Golgo 13."The other problem with this movie is simply this: sex, sex, and lots mo' sex. Yes, I know, "The Professional" had a good helping of sex too, but it also remembered to have a storyline. "Queen Bee" is really just a string of sex scenes. We're introduced to Queen Bee while she's having sex. Then the Vice President candidate hires Golgo 13 after having sex. Golgo 13 and Queen Bee meet and they have sex. Queen Bee has a flashback of being raped while she's having sex.......do you see the pattern here?There are some other minor squabbles with the film - for example, the opening scene involves the Democrats worrying about getting the black vote. Huh?! The American general with a 19th century beard was extremely laughable. Finally, I think we could have all done with out the blaxpoitation theme song. I loved the jazz soundtrack to "The Professional," and boy did I miss it in this film!In conclusion: unless you are in the mood for lots of nudity and useless violence, avoid this movie. Even if you just like Duke Torgo, it's not worth seeing."
Togo's in it, sort of...
Stresspuppy | Stamford, CT USA | 07/19/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"the good news is that Golgo 13 is on DVD and there is an interesting commentary on an alternate audio track. the animation is in line with the character designs for Golgo 13.unfortunately, this is nowhere near as compelling a story as the superior Golgo 13: The Professional, the other Duke Togo anime released by Urban Vision.Togo never misses, and as a technicality he doesn't here but i don't recall ever seeing him hesitate so much, get so easily distracted, and have so many 'incidental' blocks on his target. if you're a fan of the manga and if you've seen G13: The Professional, you see the preparations and planning he labors over to score the hit. IMHO, the appeal was his elaborate setup to get that 'impossible' shot; in The Professional, the interesting twist was that he was targetted to be taken out so is forced on the defensive -- chased by other high caliber (and outlandish) hitmen.here, Togo seems amateurish. there is nothing that defines him from any other hitman; the Queen Bee, herself, was not a very compelling character since they never really worked the child/children perspective of her character. there is an even greater amount of sex and violence -- probably needless as well but to me in excess -- in this OAV, more like something from Crying Freeman, as one reviewer mentioned. the plot is horribly cliche and most of the plot twists were pointless (Minor SPOILER: consider how important she put her revenge as oppose to getting funding for liberation army -- even the ending was bad, it was just a shooting gallery to complete the last contract). if you're a huge fan you're already bought it, so for everyone else, rent it on DVD and listen to the audio commentary."
Over the top action that should have been delivered better
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 12/20/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Don't get me wrong, I love anime films like the ridiculously over the top Wicked City, the original Vampire Hunter D and the classic Akira, and the first Golgo 13 anime, titled The Professional, was a favorite of mine as well, which is the main reason I decided to buy this long awaited sequel that continues the exploits of stone cold assassin Duke Togo. The animation is very neat and looks great, but the cliched over the top ridiculous storyline and borderline terrible voice acting just about kills anything enjoyable with Golgo 13: Queen Bee. The Queen Bee, a female guerilla renegade who seems to have sex with just about anything that moves, is really the main character here and Duke is in more of a supporting role. The over the top bloody action, pointless sex, and wooden characters that the viewer ends up not caring about at all make Golgo 13: Queen Bee a very disappointing anime all together. Do yourself a favor, stick with The Professional for a great anime experience."