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Attack Force Z (1981)

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A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.






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Complete credited cast:
Captain P.G. (Paul) Kelly
Sergeant D.J. (Danny) Costello
Chun Ku ...
Rice farmer
Chien Hua
O Ti ...
Shaw Hu
Chun Hsiung Ko ...
Lin Chan-Lang (as Koo Chuan-Hsiung)
Lung Shuan ...
Yuan Yi ...
Imanaka (as Yi Yuan)
Wei Su ...
Wong Chong
Hsa Li-Wen ...
Lee Chang
Val Champion ...
Ed Ayres
Yu Wang ...
Oshiko Imoguchi


A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.

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Mel Gibson blasting his way to hell and back


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Release Date:

June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die grünen Teufel vom Mekong  »

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This movie's opening prologue states: "Z Special Force was a secret operations unit of the Australian Armed Services in World War Two. It was made up of volunteers from all branches of the Allied Forces and came under direct command of General 'Douglas Macarthur' [qv). Z Special carried out two hundred and eighty-four war time missions in the Pacific. The most publicised of these were the successful canoe raid on Singapore harbour from the 'Krait' and the subsequent Rimau raid in which all twenty three participants were either killed in action or executed. The events depicted in this film are an honest and unflinching account of the type of operation carried out by our unit during the war." 'John R. Gardner' President Z Special Force Association of New South Wales See more »


When the dead Japanese soldiers are trucked back to their base, despite only being seen from the rear, the truck used is clearly a modern (to when the movie was made) truck as opposed to a World War Two era truck. See more »

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The fishing boat heads out to sea while the end credits roll. See more »


Referenced in Arpa Colla (1982) See more »

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Interesting curio of a movie because of who its stars would become
13 June 1999 | by (Ukiah, California) – See all my reviews

An odd little curio of an Australian action movie, made in 1982, enjoyable in itself as a popcorn movie for its WWII commando story. But it would largely be forgettable were it not that two of its lower-ranking actors--Australian Mel Gibson and New Zealander Sam Neill--were soon to became big international stars. Gibson, it's true, had made *Gallipoli* and a few other Australian movies, and Neill had starred in a delightful little picture called *My Brilliant Career* (with Judy Davis, no less), but both were largely unknown at this time. The headliner in *Attack Force Z* was good ol' American pulp-action hero John Philip Law, whose credits went all the way back to the early '60s and included the likes of *The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!* Yet Law, for all his good looks and occasional noteworthy appearances, never reached anything like the fame that awaited his two co-stars in this minor action picture. It's worth seeing if only to be reminded that *everybody* has to understudy somebody else early in his or her career.

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