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The Highest Honor (1982)

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The true story of a daring raid on Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour by Australian and British troops during WWII.

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Credited cast:
Michael Aitkens ...
Maj. R.M. Ingleton
Vincent Ball ...
Lt. Cmdr. Hubert Marsham
Craig Ballard ...
Lt. B. Raymond
James Belton ...
Lt. H.R. Ross
A.B. W.G. Falls
Lt. W.G. Carey
Alan Cassell ...
Lt. Ted Carse
Warren Coleman ...
Leading Seaman K.P. Cain
Diane Craig ...
Mrs. Page
Slim DeGrey ...
Leading Stoker J.P. McDowell
George Duff ...
Cpl. A.G. Campbell
Tim Elston ...
Sgt. D.P. Gooley
Takuya Fujioka ...
Ken Goodlet ...
Bill Reynolds
John Griffiths ...
Sgt. C.B. Cameron


On 11 September 1944, a squad of 23 Australian and British soldiers lead by Lieutanant-Colonel Ivan Lyon leave Fremantle bound for Indonesia as part of Operation Rimau, an attempted repeat of the highly-successful Operation Jaywick the previous year in which nearly sixty ships in Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour were destroyed. Written by Alexander Lum

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1984 (USA)  »

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The Southern Cross  »

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The word "Krait" which forms part of one of this movie's alternate titles, "Heroes of the Krait", refers to a a wooden hulled fishing boat known as the MV Krait. This vessel was used by Z Special Force in Operation Jaywick to plant bombs on Japanese ships at Singapore Harbour in September 1943 during World War II. The mission successfully sunk seven Japanese ships of war. The boat's original title prior to Allied ownership was "Kofuku Maru". She was renamed the "MV Krait" in 1942 by the Allied Forces when the vessel was handed over to the Australian Military. The boat was named after a Krait which is actually a type of snake. Many Australian Commando Unit vessels have since been named after snakes since the successful Operation Jaywick mission. This movie is based on two WW II Allied missions of which Operation Jaywick is one. See more »

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"Breaker Morant" meets "Dead Man Walking"
27 April 1999 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

It's been so long since I've seen this movie (at least 15 years) and yet it still haunts me with a vivid image of the horrific consequences that prisoners of war can face despite the terms of the Geneva Convention.

A unit of Australian underwater demolitions experts are captured in an archipelago near Japan following a successful mission to set mines in a Japanese harbor.

Once in prison these men expect the same treatment as any other POWs but to their dismay soon learn from a friendly Japanese prison guard that they are being tried as spies since they were out of uniform when captured. The consequences of such an infraction, by Japanese martial code, is execution by beheading.

Despite their pleas, and the pleas of the sympathetic prison guard, the day of reckoning approaches like a ticking time bomb. The tension is so high you will actually hear the ticking, though it may just be your chest pounding with the percussion of a marching execution squad.

The ending is actually too painful to reenact in my head much less write it here. But I can promise you-- you'll never forget it. Good luck finding the video in the U.S.

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