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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.

Director:

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

David Stiven replaced John Scott as Editor. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, Captain Kelly (Mel Gibson) picks up a heavy machine gun that the Japanese have been using and grips the barrel with his left hand while firing at the enemy. Realistically the barrel would have been much too hot to hold. The machine gun also appears to be of American manufacture, not Japanese. 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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Multi-Cultural War in the Pacific!
11 November 2018 | by spookyrat1See all my reviews

Better than average Aussie "B" feature, where the producers have certainly gained maximum bang for their buck in more ways than one.

Let's be clear from the outset. This is a fictional story, supposedly based on the real life exploits of the Z force. The high body count pretty much attests to that. But high body counts do mean there is action and I have to admit some surprise as to how well director Tim Burstall, not really known for action films, choreographs the action sequences in this movie, bearing in mind that the budget he was working with was minimal. Still he cleverly manages to include realistically; a submarine, an exploding plane, fire - fights, martial arts and a climactic battle (of sorts). Attack Force Z may be many things, but it can't be accused of being dull.

Burstall even manages to throw in a couple of unexpected twists. One of the supporting cast members who was (and arguably still is) a very well-known Australian actor of the 70's and 80's, plays a character who barely has 5 minutes of screen time before suffering a probable unforeseen fate.

A bonus of course is we get to see both Mel Gibson (complete with Aussie accent) and Sam Neill playing together in pre-Hollywood fame roles. Gibson is the mission leader and Neill is effectively his trusty sidekick. I have to also say John Phillip Law plays the (token) American-Dutch, mandarin-speaking (LOL) character very competently.

The story itself too is quite interesting with its variation on the war against the Japanese in the Pacific, by this time, strongly highlighting the involvement of the ethnic Chinese.

I was pleasantly surprised with this film, as I'm sure others will be too.


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