Attack Force Z VHS
Volunteers from all branches of the Allied forces made up the Australian 2 Special Force Unit, which carried out a total of 284 missions during World War II. Tight, suspenseful Attack Force Z effectively dramatizes one such sortie. Five tough commandos attempt to rescue the survivors of a downed American plane on a Japanese-held island in the southwest Pacific. Their leader is Captain P.G. Kelly, played by a youthful Mel Gibson. It's Kelly's first time in charge, and his fellow commandos, especially renegade Lieutenant J.A. Veitch (John Phillip Law, the cute Soviet sailor in The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!), won't let him forget it. Kelly and Veitch's conflict raises both the mission's and the movie's tension quotient. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Piano) gives a thoughtful performance as Sergeant D.J. Costello, the oldest and wisest of the troop. But the film's most compelling characters are the inhabitants of the island, Chinese villagers forced to become resistance fighters to defend their way of life against the Japanese invaders. Without them, Attack Force Z wouldn't have a chance. Handsome, unflappable Lin Chan-Lang (Koo Chuan Hsiung), a martial-arts expert, is their natural leader. Even Lin's children get into the act, including his brave and beautiful eldest daughter, Chien Hua (Sylvia Chang), whose presence lends the film a welcome element of romance. --Laura Mirsky
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Finally in the correct aspect ratio unlike previous releases, the picture looks good for a lower budget Australian film from 1981. Colors look better than prior releases and audio is clear presented in Lossless for the first time. We get to see a young Mel Gibson and Sam Neil in action. It’s a fun 80s film. It’s not for everyone, but not bad. I’d give it a B for the film, A for presentation.
depicted in this movie are very realistic of what it was like on an Island under Japanese Occupation, and commando missions which were comprised of allies from different countries. During the Pacific operations of General Douglas MacArthur to retake the islands,
such commando units were sent out to rescue survivors of shot-down planes and boats that sank in enemy waters. As a former USAF military Officer, it has been my privilege to read military history, in military schools, about such commando operations. Although this production is like a war novel, which it is, nevertheless it portrays not all missions had a successful ending. There were tragedies in which the whole commando unit was killed, survivors did not live, and civilians were executed for aiding an enemy. This is an excellent portrayal of weapons used and tactics employed by Americans, Australians, English and French commandos. This is an action-packed, swift World War II adventure story that keeps the viewer on the edge of the seat because
it shows what it must have been like to go on a Commando raid in the Pacific during WW II.
This is a very cool movie. It shows in great detail the workings of the infamous "Grease Gun" with a silencer on it. It features Mel Gibson and Sam Neill, its two biggest stars and also John Phillip Law (Barbarella) and John Waters (Breaker Morant) who are equally as fantastic.
Buy it, you won't regret it. This has never before been available in the US on DVD.
Well, I got my official US version and I was quite upset with it. It is full frame, appears to be a cheap transfer from VHS and is no comparison to the import version available for sale here. My advice is to buy the PAL version and just watch it on your PC or find a way to convert it over to NTSC. The import version is in widescreen and is crystal clear, nice scene selections and a nice assortment of special features.
You go along with a Special Force's Operation unit in to Japanese held territory during WWII.
Action and drama lets you see what the Special Forces of Australia and New Zealand did in their fight against the Imperial Japanese Empire.
I hope that you will enjoy this movie as much as I did.
It has a lot of classic old war move themes but to me it stands out for more reasons than Gibson and Neil. I would recomend watching it.
A lot of action, good plot, even with the twists. Well acted.