GOLGO 13: QUEEN BEE - SPECIAL EDITION (1998)
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
DIRECTED BY: Osamu Dezaki
TYPE OF MOVIE: Action, Violence
DURATION: 60 minutes
RATED:  R

 
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Anime Synopsis:

Golgo 13: the world’s most notorious assassin is on another dangerous mission!! The Professional is back in action, this time on DVD! He’s a James Bond 007 type, but without the conscience, cold and suave, a real lady-killer…in more ways than one! His current assignment is to terminate Queen Bee, the leader of a South America liberation army, before she assassinates a high profile presidential candidate. The mission complicates when Golgo penetrates the hive and discovers that there’s more to the assassination plot than meets the eye. He must now step aside, in what turns out to be a personal quest for revenge. The hunt is on as Golgo and Queen Bee’s path cross several times, culminating in a confrontation laced with violence and personal conviction. In a bizarre episode filled with action, drama and passion, which climaxes with and end that’s impossible to predict, Golgo 13: Queen Bee will keep audiences on the edge and guessing!

With an intricate plot and nonstop action and intrigue, there is something for everyone! The exciting sequel to the groundbreaking The Professional: Golgo 13, Golgo 13: Queen Bee continues the tradition of thrilling story lines and unabashed adult content that established the Golgo 13 character across the board in theatrical movies, comics, and video games!


DVD EXTRAS:

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated, Dolby
•  Trailers
•  Director's and Executive Producer's Commentary

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


DVD REVIEW:

Finally, Duke Togo aka Golgo 13 is back in another anime since the popular, violent anime Golgo 13: The Professional.  People will remember Golgo 13 from the live action movie starring Sonny Chiba, the video games or the last anime film.  

Well, how is the latest anime movie?  Well, the problem that I had is that the movie focused more on Queen B.  Golgo 13 is like James Bond but his goal is that he is an assassin for hire.  To watch Golgo 13 take on the nastiest people has been the important factor of the series and video game.  Although not a hentai film, this one is focused more on Queen B and sex.  Even the creators during the commentary were talking about that.

Also, you have to watch through the credits to see the complete ending.  If you don't, you will miss the important part of the movie.  The creator's said they meant to do that but I don't like it when important parts of a story are intermingled with the credits or after the credits are done.

The story is average but nowhere near the coolness of "The Professional".  This movie is definitely for Golgo 13 fans but for regular anime fans, you may want to pass unless you are into what I mentioned above.

THE MOVIE: C-
THE DVD EXTRAS: B+ 
THE DVD OVERALL: C

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