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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

Certificate:

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

Adrian Martin said of this movie in the book "Australian Film 1978-1994" that the film attempted "To plug into an 'Australasian' production base, something which John McCallum and Lee Robinson (a film director from the 1950s) had already explored in their television series, Bailey's Bird (1977), and were to do so again in another Force Z story." See more »

Goofs

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

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Film kind of under attack

Attack Force Z is a strange one. Based on fact, regarding an elite squad of soldiers on a mission to rescue an important man, believed to be a plane that's crashed, this is a group that takes no prisoners, and are frighteningly unrelenting Gibson had done this the same time as Gallipoli and is strong, in his role, as the head honcho, with great support from Neil, Haywood, and sadly a short lived Waters. The other, John Phillip Law, who played a character I really liked is more a lover than a fighter, and I was grateful, the screen time I had with this guy, one near 20 minute duration, before we cross back to Mel and squad. Yes, this film has great action, but I found the film, sloppy in bits + some cheesy moments. Yes, good research has gone into it, but this is just a forgettable film. Great music score, one the film's assets, above not many years. Definitely worth a view, for the actors, in their young, talented prime.


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