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Lee Robinson
Katsuya Susaki (Japanese dialogue)
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Release Date:
1984 (USA) See more »
The true story of a daring raid on Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour by Australian and British troops during WWII. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Michael Aitkens ... Maj. R.M. Ingleton
Vincent Ball ... Lt. Cmdr. Hubert Marsham
Craig Ballard ... Lt. B. Raymond
James Belton ... Lt. H.R. Ross

Steve Bisley ... A.B. W.G. Falls

Tony Bonner ... 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 ... Matsumoto
Ken Goodlet ... Bill Reynolds
John Griffiths ... Sgt. C.B. Cameron
Riki Harada ... Sgt. Imai
Michael Harrs ... LCpl. J.T. Hardy
Mark Hembrow ... Able Seaman F.W. Marsh
Noel Hodda ... Able Seaman M.M. Berryman
Harold Hopkins ... Cpl. C.M. Stewart

John Howard ... Capt. R.C. Page
Andrew Inglis ... Able Seaman A.M. Jones
Kin'ya Kitaôji ... Tachibana
Hôsei Komatsu ... Yabe
Veronica Lang ... Mrs. Lyon
John Ley ... Lt. A.I. Sargent
George Mallaby ... Lt. Cmdr. Don Davidson
Hu Yin Mong ... Lu Ran Shi
Atsuo Nakamura ... Minoru Tamiya
Yû Numazaki ... Capt. Nomura
Neil Redfern ... WO2 A. Warren
Jiro Sakagami ... Kimura
Tarô Shigaki ... Hayakawa
Trevor Sommers ... Sub. Lt. J.G. Riggs
Mizuho Suzuki ... Maj. Gen. Kawamura
Jonathan Sweey ... Cpl. A. Crilley
Hajime Tawara ... Sgt. Maj. Omori
Gary Waddell ... Cpl. R.B. Fletcher

Stuart Wilson ... Lt. Gen. Ivan Lyon
Yû Fujiki ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Maxwell 
Seiji Maruyama (in association with)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lee Robinson 
Yuzuru Shinozaki  book
Katsuya Susaki  Japanese dialogue

Produced by
Takerô Itô .... producer
John McCallum .... executive producer
Lee Robinson .... producer
Original Music by
Eric Jupp 
Masaru Satô 
Cinematography by
John R. McLean 
Kôzô Okazaki 
Film Editing by
Yoshitami Kuroiwa 
David Stiven 
Production Design by
Bernard Hides 
Shigekazu Ikuno 
Costume Design by
Graham Purcell 
Makeup Department
Vivien Mepham .... key makeup artist
Maureen Wroe-Johnson .... hairdresser/makeup
Production Management
Michael Fuller .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Bracknell .... assistant director
Koichi Nakajima .... assistant director
Sound Department
Syd Butterworth .... sound recordist
Julian Ellingworth .... sound mixer
Phil Judd .... sound re-recording mixer
Penn Robinson .... sound editor
Shin Tokai .... sound recordist
Shin Watarai .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Kazuo Shimomura .... lighting
Matt Slattery .... lighting technician
David Williamson .... camera operator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Southern Cross" - Australia (informal title), USA (review title)
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144 min | Australia:105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Outstanding film, 21 January 2006
Author: odanny from Peoria, IL. USA

Some war movies succeed where others do not, and that can be judged from a variety of angles. The humanistic angle, one where you can feel the raw emotions (the terror of being under attack, the camaraderie amongst soldiers, the arduous trials people face inside them when in combat, etc..) are always movies I find compelling. Movies like Das Boot and A Midnight Clear are but two examples of movies that you sense a connection to the characters in the film.

This film succeeds on that level as well. It speaks of "The Highest Honor" and that honor is doing the right thing. These 23 soldiers did the right thing, they had honor and it is recognized in a way wholly incompatible with Western thought, but it is, to the very end, a true story of honor. Unforgettable movie. Based on the true story.

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