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Release Date:
8 September 1989 (South Africa) See more »
The biggest Japanese destroyer "Yamato" is badly damaged in a battle and shall be repaired at a small... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Graham ... Gibb

Maria Holvoe ... Katherine (as Maria Holvöe)

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Imperial Marine

John Carson ... Priest

Steven Ito ... 2nd Imperial Marine
Al Karaki ... 3rd Imperial Marine
Peggy Champion ... Nun
Victoria Cooper ... Nun
Ingrid Emsley ... Nun
Pippa Duffy ... Nun
Eva Davis ... Nun
Sheryl Burton ... Polynesian Girl
Peter Butler ... Deck Hand
Ivan D. Lucas ... Deck Hand (as Ivan Lucas)

Directed by
Martin Wragge 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Martin Wragge  screenplay

Produced by
Roger Orpen .... associate producer
Keith Watkins .... producer
Martin Wragge .... executive producer
Original Music by
Adriaan Strijdom 
Cinematography by
Fred Tammes 
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Le Cordeur 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Makeup Department
Lorraine Born .... makeup artist
Scott Wheeler .... makeup effects
Production Management
John Forrest Niss .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Rashaad Carr .... construction manager
Andre Laubscher .... set designer
Sound Department
Brian Blamey .... sound editor
Mac Errington .... sound editor
Marvin Kerner .... sound editor
Peter Maxwell .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Montanari .... boom operator
Henry Prentice .... sound recordist
Sherril Schlesinger .... sound effects editor
Noel Wallace .... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tom McDonnel .... special effects
Steven Ito .... stunt coordinator
Peter Muller .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Cole .... still photographer
Tony Eddy .... grip
Greg Fahrenfort .... grip
Chris Haarhoff .... Steadicam operator
Robbi Hinds .... camera operator
Keith Phillips .... focus puller
Rod Stewart .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Chris Dobbs .... assistant editor
Mark Lowrie .... associate film editor
Natalie Mathews .... assistant editor
Hayley Morris .... assistant editor
Location Management
Steven Congden .... location manager
Alan Goldberg .... location manager
Other crew
Gretchen Becker .... production accountant
Ken Browning .... production advisor
Carol Smith .... assistant accountant
Galen Thompson .... historical advisor (as Donald G. Thompson)
Beverley Wilbraham .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Coastwatcher" - UK (original title)
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94 min
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This film's closing epilogue states: "On April 7, 1945 the battleship Yamato was sunk with the loss of almost 3000 men."See more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Well shot, and pretty engaging, 26 May 2006
Author: on_the_peripheral from Devon, United Kingdom

When i bought the DVD release and watched it for the first time, i had no clue what to expect. I'd not heard anything about this movie so i was expecting it to not be so good. :P But i was pleasantly surprised, especially with the beginning half of the film.

The cinematography is a big pull in this film, with some beautiful visual moments and some really gripping fight and stalking scenes. The use of light and water was brilliant, and the setting complimented perfectly. By the 20 minutes mark, i unfortunately wanted to throttle the music composer, but luckily the repetitive throbbing tones that accompanied a particular fight subsided and didn't return to any great extent.

It also gets big plot points for not going at all in the direction i was expecting. It was something of a double-take for me in the latter half, and in a good way. Despite being touted as a martial-arts type film, i'd not put too much expectation on that side of the action. The fights are pleasingly realistic, meaning there's less martial and more grappling and desperation. I prefer a film to be gritty, and i like the way this one went.

The cast worked well, Gary Graham held the film together pretty good and communicated a character i'd want to know more about. Another viewer commented on the small cast, and i agree it was quite unusual and quite nice too - it left room for focus on scenes, shots and the visual aspect.

There were only a few cringe moments, and they were overwhelmed with the good. Definitely worth a look, not least for the cinematography.

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