Attack Force Z

Synopsis: A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Director(s): Tim Burstall
Production: Argent Films
84 min


Get my gun, my gun!

Looks like a 24-hour roster.

Seems pretty clear from up top.

I think it's just

a watching post.

How is it, Teddy?

Oh, I'm alright,

it's just my leg that's had it.

Can you stand on it?

His kneecap's smashed.

I'm not gonna be much good

to you on this job, mate.

How's Kingo?

It's his kneecap, he can't walk.

Want me to take care of him?


I will.

You tidy up back there.

I'll join you in a second.

It's your party.

How are you?

Oh, not so bad.

Dan will look after you.

See you later, champ.

Real bastard, Teddy.


Anyway, you blokes won't

be gone so long.

48 hours, not much of

a wait, is it?

Right, 48 hours is

no time at all.

Bastard alright, being knocked

out right at the start.

They'll replace those Japs

at nightfall.

You can handle 'em alright,

can't you?

No worries.

You know me, mate.

I can handle 'em with

both hands tied behind...

Buffalo, must be a farmer.

I am a friend,

don't be afraid, old man.

You can trust me.

I don't feel right

about that bloke.


The Dutchman, don't feel right.

He's high-priced.

So I heard.

Veitch is a specialist, Sparrer.

Maybe he could have

a look at my tonsils.

Which way did it go?

Down behind those hills.

Thank you for your help.


The plane went in over

those mountains,

between those two peaks.

Did anyone hear an explosion?

No, but they're all sure

it crashed.

It'll be there alright.

What'd you do with the body?

The right thing.

Right, let's go.

Can't get a bloody

word in edgewise here.

They must be running the

Tokyo cup or something.

Oh, no, here's a go.

Eight hours to the top.


- I'd like to see that.

- You'll see it.

You wanna bet?

Listen, mate, you could've

declined this mission.

You didn't have to serve

under me, right?

I've got my reasons.

Well, don't let 'em

get in the way.

Get through?

Yes, sir.

Rainbow, sir.


You know, what's so special

about this plane then, sir?

Forget it, Sparrer,

you know I can't tell you that.

If he does and we're captured,

you know the score.


There it is again, sun on glass.

A signal?

Another one.

We're being watched through


Is that Japanese music?


Cantonese, actually.

Very good, professor.

What's all that red stuff?

It's decorations for

Chinese new year.

It's a Chinese house built

on the ground facing south.

That's gotta be the house

the Japs came from.

Let's go.

Where you from?

You speak English.

Are you Americans?

Who else is here?

Why were you watching us?

We were watching the Japanese

go away.

What were they doing here?

Asking questions.

Why are you here?

Your sister?

My uncle's cousin's


What questions did

the Japanese ask?

They asked questions.

Are you Americans?

We're Australian army.

Where did the Japanese

come from?

Bintang, they have their

headquarter near there.

Just hold it right there, China.

Now, just step down.

What'd they say?

They're trying to decide

if we came off the plane

and if we've come looking

for them.

You're not from the plane?

Found this geezer out in the

back, boss.

Don't shoot him, he's my father!

I feel like an undertaker.

This is the part

I've never really liked.

Can't leave 'em lying around.

No, I suppose not.

Something wrong?


I mean,

who is this feller, anyway?

Some sort of local

resistance leader.

He doesn't like the Japs,

that's for sure.

So what?

So he's on our side,

and he knows where the plane went,

and we're blood lucky

to have scored him.

We were supposed to make

better time with him to guide us.

He's talking to his wife.

Pull the other one?

He's talking to her spirit.

The Chinese believe

the dead can always help the living.

Look, I'm a bloody sailor,

not a mountain goat.

I don't fancy up in

this lot up there.

Hey, Veitch,

ask the Chinaman to carry something.

Would you like him to

carry your machine gun

or your ammunition, Captain?

Not my stuff, his stuff,

and no weapons.

Hey, Lin.

No, mate, she's right,

she's right, okay?

Alright, okay?

What's he saying?

He thinks you're indecisive,


Just translate,

don't interpret, eh?

This is the man you want

for questioning?

I think he is

the main trouble-maker.

Pipe that down.

It's alright.

He's just telling me

why there's nobody here.

The Nips executed everybody.

The monks?

Nothing's sacred.

Japs, Japs!

One got away, boss.

Veitch has gone after him.


Okay, we're movin'.

We're not waiting

for Veitch?

Can't afford to,

he'll have to catch up.

Lin, it's yours.

You from aeroplane?

Very important.

You must come

to home of our leader.


He reckons we got

another two hours to go,

provided the Japs haven't

picked up our tail.

You think they're

on to us then?

They'll soon know

we're here if they don't already.

We've been leaving enough

of a trail.

Listen, Kelly,

I'm sorry about starting...

Where's sodding Veitch?

Hope he turns up,

we're gonna need him.

Don't count on it.

I wouldn't either.

You think I'm

makin' a mess of this?

No, I don't.

In and out, never let

'em know you're there.

And there's dead Japs

scattered all over the island.

Automatic weapons.

And Chinese throwing knives.


I request permission

to take hostages.

What happened here?

You will tell me who

killed our soldiers.

What happened here?

I don't know.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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