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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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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


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


Action | Drama | History | War


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Australia | Taiwan


English | Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die grünen Teufel vom Mekong See more »

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Did You Know?


The movie features Z Special Force, a.k.a. Z Special Unit, a.k.a. Z Force, a.k.a. the Services Reconnaissance Department (SRD). This outfit was an Allied Special Forces World War II specialist reconnaissance and sabotage unit, which was also the subject of John McCallum and Lee Robinson's next film, The Highest Honor (1982) (a.k.a. Southern Cross, a.k.a. Heroes of the Krait). Z Force went on missions behind Japanese enemy lines in Southeast Asia. The unit was comprised mainly of Australians, but also included soldiers from New Zealand, Brtitain, Timor, and Indonesia. 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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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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