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Attack Force Z (1981)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | June 1982 (USA)
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A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.

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Tim Burstall

Writer:

Roger Marshall
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Phillip Law ... Lieutenant J.A. (Jan) Veitch
Mel Gibson ... Captain P.G. (Paul) Kelly
Sam Neill ... Sergeant D.J. (Danny) Costello
Chris Haywood ... Able Seaman A.D. 'Sparrer' Bird
John Waters ... Sub Lt. Ted 'Kingo' King
Chun Ku Chun Ku ... Rice farmer
Sylvia Chang ... Chien Hua
O Ti O Ti ... Shaw Hu
Chun Hsiung Ko ... Lin Chan-Lang (as Koo Chuan-Hsiung)
Lung Shuan Lung Shuan ... Watanabe
Yuan Yi ... Imanaka (as Yi Yuan)
Wei Su Wei Su ... Wong Chong
Hsa Li-Wen Hsa Li-Wen ... Lee Chang
Val Champion Val Champion ... Ed Ayres
Yu Wang 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

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia | Taiwan

Language:

English | Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die grünen Teufel vom Mekong See more »

Filming Locations:

Taiwan

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie performed badly at the box-office in Australia when in theatrical release. After it opened in Melbourne in June of 1982, after its poor run in theaters there, it wasn't released theatrically anywhere else in Australia. However, it found more popularity upon video cassette release in Australia on Roadshow Home Video. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, when the team lands on the beach and hides the canoes, the sunlight changes back and forth from morning twilight to full sunshine. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Arpa Colla (1982) See more »

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A decent war movie
10 July 2007 | by iainidcSee 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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