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Kokoda - 39th Battalion [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jack Finsterer, Travis McMahon, Simon Stone, Luke Ford, Tom Budge
  • Directors: Alister Grierson
  • Producers: Catriona Hughes, Leesa Kahn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Pink Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010Z9OPG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,507 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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War drama inspired by a true story. A small platoon of reservist Australian soldiers have been sent on an advanced patrol up the Kokoda trail - a critical supply line that separates Australia from full-blown invasion. After sustained bombardment from the Japanese, the men are cut off from their supply lines. Isolated in the jungle behind enemy lines, they must make their way back through the most unforgiving terrain on earth to reunite with the main body of Australian troops. After three days without food or sleep, carrying their wounded and suffering the horrifying effects of dysentery and malaria, they emerge from the jungle exhausted to the point of collapse. But on learning that Isurava is about to fall they pick themselves up and rejoin the battle.

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It can be difficult to explain to someone why you would want to watch a war movie. Everyone is all too aware of the suffering, and WWII in particular has surely been covered from all angles several times over by now. So why would you want to watch people going through hell? What is to be taken from that? Some people are merely looking for a historical version of Star Wars, black and white - good vs evil. Others, a peculiar bunch, are obsessed by weaponary, military doctrine and accuracy, and delight in seeing this portrayed on screen. You may want to learn about a hitherto unknown conflict, or you may struggle to fathom just how normal, every day people are able to plough on in the face of utter chaos and survive. I fall into the last two categories, and this movie does an excellent job of covering a conflict that is not well known in this country, and in showing how a small cadre of Australian reservist troops survived in unyielding, grim environmental, tropical conditions on Papua New Guinea. I was not aware that Japan had come so close to launching an invasion of Australia, and that a thin line of inexperienced and poorly equipped troops played such a part in holding them back. The Japanese are barely shown in this film, bar some barbarous torture, and you do not see their faces and there are few scenes of actual combat. So the focus is on the Australians and how they cope with sickness, lack of food or sleep, and the terrible weather. The film succeeds admirably in both telling a story of the bravery of the Australian troops in general, and in how a small group of men overcame the horrendous conditions to survive. I found it a moving portrayal and would recommend it to anyone interested in how people cope with war.
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An impressive war movie from Australia. This is the same movie as Kokoda, that has until now only been available in Australia and therefore not available for all DVD players due to Region constraints.

World War 2 in the minds of most Europeans is the war in Europe and we forget that it was fought in the Pacific as well. Kokoda is set in the desperate struggle to keep the Japanese from capturing south Papua New Guinea. The name comes from the village Kokoda that is situated on the Kokoda trail, on overland mountain track that saw a series of battles between the Japanese and Austrailian forces. The movie is about a small group of Australian soldiers in that conflict.

The movie captures well the horrors of jungle fighting, malaria, dysentery (a brave thing to do graphically in a movie) and exhaustion. The soldiers wait in their muddy trenches and when things can't get much worse it starts to rain. The movie is well shot and realistic. And who else but Aussies would use the word mateship :) This is a war movie, there are no love interests or sideline stories for a wider audience. Some scenes are very brutal and strong, but this adds to the movie and the storyline. I should also add that the movie is 90 minutes long, a quality many of our overly long movies overlook these days. Courage Endurance Mateship Sacrifice are written on the memorial to this conflict.

The story itself is fiction but with strong ties to real events, so what we have is a story of a small forward squad that gets cut off from their main lines and must get back. The horrors of the jungle, maladies and brutallity of the Japanese are all well represented. These are all based on documented facts, however unbelieveble they may seem.
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This is a cracking Australian Film set in PNG in the early days of the Pacific War. All that stands between Australia and the Japanese Army are a group of under-trained and under-equiped mates who were dock workers or rubber tappers. Based on true events but a fictional account "Kokoda" is one of the few films I have seen that give a real impression of the terrible jungle conditions and the cruel nature of the Imperial Japanese Army. Not every war film shows what its like to have Dysentery and still have to fight.
This film is not for the squemish and if you're expecting a "Ryan" type picture, its not.
But I liked it and what it tried to say. I think this will rank along side Peter Weir's Gallipoli as an iconic Aussie War movie.
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By Mr. Pj Williams VINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2011
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this is a budget movie that does the most with its money. a small cast take on the Japanese on the kokoda trail new guinea and you feel about as surrounded and claustrophobic as they do through out. you dont get a sense of scale as its from their point of view and they wouldn't have more scale than a few hundred meters if they were lucky. the feeling that the enemy is everywhere, lurking is apparent. the secenery is excellent, acting very good, and there are some ultra realistic scenes of violence so not for the faint hearted. I have seen this film about 4 times and love it. hope you do to. if your interested there is a documentary available on amazon covering the true story of kokoda which is just as excellent.
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I ordered this film together with "Beneath Hill 60" and I have to say for me it was the inferior of the two. The film is shot entirely in the jungle and the director does a good job of showing how awful it was (that I guess is an understatement) to fight under conditions of relentless heat, rain, disease etc. The Japanese are portrayed almost as demons that attack without warning and are brutal in their tactics. But there for me was the negative aspect of the film in that it relies almost completely on character pieces of the "mates" trying to survive in the jungle (the actors are excellent in this) but there is hardly any real action. I guess this goes back to the film's budget and I'm sure it could be seen as a fine film if the budget is taken into account. It's just for me I prefer a little more action and the final battle was a major disappointment. That doesn't mean I don't have the highest respect for the Aussies that had to fight there in such awful conditions, especially when you consider they were only reserves. By the way "Beneath Hill 60" is a better film, well acted, well shot and with more action. This is all just my opinion and I hope those that buy enjoy the film.
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