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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reportedly, original director Phillip Noyce stayed on with the production for a few days to do a handover to assist new director Tim Burstall familiarize himself with the actors and the production. 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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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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