Kokoda - 39th Battalion [DVD]
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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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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.Read more ›
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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Gritty film not often you come across a film as good as this.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This war film concerns the Japanese invasion of New Guinea as they attempt to take Port Moresby thereby putting Australia and New Zealand at risk. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Walter Yeo
Good but a fairly dark story of suffering and death.......but then it is a true story about a jungle war.Published 6 months ago by Brian H.
Its a great war/story movie. At some point it looks like a predator movie (one by one die). Worth a view! 8/10Published 8 months ago by Carlos