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Attack Force Z (1981)

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

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

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Tim Burstall replaced Phillip Noyce as director in November 1979. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, Captain Kelly (Mel Gibson) picks up a heavy machine gun that the Japanese have been using and grips the barrel with his left hand while firing at the enemy. Realistically the barrel would have been much too hot to hold. The machine gun also appears to be of American manufacture, not Japanese. See more »

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

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Referenced in Arpa Colla (1982) See more »

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A decent war movie
10 July 2007 | by (Aberdeen, Scotland) – See all my reviews

A little-known World War 2 drama despite featuring the talents of Mel Gibson and Sam Neill. The film follows an Australian Special Forces team led by Gibson on a mission to rescue the occupants of a plane crash-landed on a Pacific Island. Naturally, the island is swarming with Japanese determined to thwart the mission at every turn.

The film is not without its weaknesses; Gibson & Neill are a little flat thanks to a script that doesn't allow them to show off their talents to the full(compare to Gibson's brilliant performance as Frank Dunn in Gallipoli made around the same time). The music is poignant but fails to add much to the drama and there is a low-budget feel to much of the film in general.

Having said that, Attack Force Z is fairly entertaining; it moves at a good pace and there are plenty of well-staged action sequences. The ending makes a strong statement on the futility of war. A decent addition to your war movie collection but for fans of the genre only.


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