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Attack Force Z (1982)

Attack Force Z is a movie starring John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, and Sam Neill. A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.

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  • Genre: Action | Drama
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 1.13G
  • Resolution: / fps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 93
  • IMDB Rating: 5.6/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 0 / 1

The Synopsis for Attack Force Z (1982) 720p

A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.

The Director and Players for Attack Force Z (1982) 720p

[Director]Tim Burstall
[Role:]John Phillip Law
[Role:]Chris Haywood
[Role:]Sam Neill
[Role:]Mel Gibson

The Reviews for Attack Force Z (1982) 720p

Reviewed byEuromuttVote: /10

"Attack Force Z" depicts a fictitious operation by a five-man team fromZ Special Unit, a predominantly Australian special operations unit inWorld War II, who are assigned to infiltrate a Japanese-occupied islandin (presumably) the Dutch East Indies to rescue the aircrew of a downedAllied aircraft. The team is plagued by recurring bad luck (whichquickly alerts the Japanese to their presence) and by friction betweenthe inexperienced team leader, Captain Paul Kelly (Gibson), and hismore experienced but erratic subordinate, a Dutch lieutenant named JanVeitch (Law), the team's most fluent Chinese speaker. When the teammanages to enlist the aid of the local resistance, further frictiondevelops between Kelly and the local cell leader, Lin Chan-Lang (Ko),who resents Kelly's holding back information about the plane'soccupants. About halfway in, however, we do discover why Kelly is understrict orders to keep clam.

For a (relatively) low-budget war movie, "Attack Force Z" is prettygood. The costumes and weapons are about as historically accurate asfeasible, and the filming location--Taiwan--is convincing enough as anisland at the other end of the South China Sea. Particularly enjoyableis the fact that Asian characters speak their respective languages onscreen, rather than accented English. This, however, does lead me tothe film's main problem, at least to me, which is that it's a messethnographically and consequently linguistically. Because it was shotin Taiwan with a mostly Taiwanese (or otherwise ethnically Chinese)cast, the island's population appears to be entirely ethnically Chinesewithout a single speaker of Malay (as it was then called) in evidence,the occasional pitji cap-wearing extra notwithstanding. This alsoresults in the somewhat unlikely situation of Veitch being fluent inChinese rather than Malay.

Veitch is the most problematic character in the film. The originaldirector, Phillip Noyce, left the project at least partly because hedisagreed with the producers over the choice of John Phillip Law toplay Veitch, and bluntly, he was right: Law simply doesn't pull offanything resembling a credible Dutchman. It's not entirely his fault,though, because the writer and producers don't seem to have ever somuch as met a Dutch person, as is apparent from the fact that Veitchisn't even a Dutch name (insofar as I can make out, it's Scottish).Admittedly, I am myself Dutch and my paternal grandmother's familylived in the East Indies so this is a niggle that maybe affects me morethan the typical viewer but it's emblematic of what's wrong with anotherwise perfectly enjoyable film. Enough so that I can almostoverlook how all the team members manage to stay clean shaven despitenot having time to shave.

Multi-Cultural War in the Pacific!Reviewed byspookyrat1Vote: 6/10

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.

Cliché Australian Version of American War MoviesReviewed bypopcorninhellVote: 6/10

Attack Force Z; A movie saved from obscurity solely because it provided early rolls to Mel Gibson and Sam Neill. Throw parallels to The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and Where Eagles Dare (1968) and you got yourself an Australian knock-off of early tough-soldier- man American bravado.

A group of Australian special forces is deployed during WWII to recover the passengers of a downed plane in Japanese occupied Dutch East Indies. There they kick the proverbial hornets nest and try to stay alive thanks to the help of an underground resistance movement.

It was hard to get into this one largely due to its constant clichés. I guess I have seen the dramatic self-sacrifice of a noble comrade and stealth gone awry because a twig snapped way too many times. The characters themselves aren't incredibly developed and any attempt to flesh them out feels jerky and unnatural. At one point it just gets absurd as one character stays behind to protect the love interest he had shared a room with only a few cuts ago. Granted she prevented him from being discovered but besides a common enemy they had little to really bond over.

Another major problem I had was the elongated scenes involving other languages like Japanese and Cantonese. Perhaps it was just the version I saw but with no subtitles provided, I was forced to guess what they were saying and only later confirm what was going on. Plus if I'm not mistaken, they speak Malay in Indonesia not Cantonese.

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