||April 25, 2006
||Film Finance Corporation Australia|
Pacific Film and Television Commission
Kokoda is a 2006 Australian war movie directed by Alister Grierson. New Guinea, 1942, Australia is at war with Japan. A small Australian group of the 39th Battalion is in the vicinity of Kokoda as an advance guard. After fierce fighting, they are completely on their own, with no communications, no outside, and no supplies. Isolated far behind enemy lines, they must make their way back. Through the dangerous jungle, without food, weakened by malaria and nasty wounds, always ready to face the enemy.
A documentary mini-series with the same name was released in 2010.
The following weapons were used in the film Kokoda:
Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*
Most of the Australian soldiers carry the Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* rifle, including Jack Scholt (Jack Finsterer), his brother Max Scholt (Simon Stone), Darko (Travis McMahon), Johnno (Tom Budge), Sam (Steve Le Marquand), Dan (Angus Sampson), Wilstead (Ewen Leslie) and the Lieutenant (Ben Barrack). Several other Australian soldiers also carry SMLE rifles at their base and during the final battle.
Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III* - .303 Enfield
Dan (Angus Sampson
) loads a five-round stripper clip into his SMLE.
The Lieutenant (Ben Barrack
) inspects an SMLE in a clearly reversed shot.
Jack Scholt (Jack Finsterer
) fires his SMLE rifle at a Japanese soldier during an ambush.
Johnno (Tom Budge
) aims his SMLE rifle at a wounded Japanese soldier.
A line-up of weapons including the SMLEs, a Thompson and a Bren during the final battle.
Arisaka Type 38
Japanese soldiers use the Arisaka Type 38 long rifle throughout the film.
Arisaka Type 38 - 6.5x50mmSR
A Japanese soldier holds an Arisaka Type 38 with fixed bayonet at Wilstead (Ewen Leslie
The Japanese soldier with his Arisaka after stabbing Wilstead (Ewen Leslie
) in the eye with the rifle’s bayonet.
A Japanese soldier wearing an Australian uniform aims his Arisaka Type 38 during an ambush.
A Japanese soldier with an Arisaka Type 38 during the final battle.
Burke (Luke Ford) carries the M1928A1 Thompson as his main weapon with 20 round magazines, to which he has difficulty maintaining, resulting in frequent jammings.
M1928A1 Thompson with 30 round magazine - .45 ACP.
A close-up of a Thompson Submachine Gun Barrel.
Burke (Luke Ford
) is disgusted to find that his Thompson has jammed.
Burke fires his Thompson.
Burke holds his Thompson, with the 20 round magazine visible and exercising good trigger discipline.
Burke fires at Japanese soldiers with his Thompson in the night attack.
Darko (Travis McMahon) and Blue (Christopher Baker) are the Bren Gunners for the Platoon. Australian soldiers can be seen with the Bren gun at their base, and later firing their machine guns during the final battle.
Bren Mk. 2 - .303 Enfield
Darko (Travis McMahon
) finishes off a wounded Japanese soldier with his Bren.
Australian soldiers with a Bren mounted on a tree trunk.
Nambu Type 99
The Japanese use the Type 99 Light Machine Gun in the film. Two use them to kill Johnno (Tom Budge).
Type 99 Light Machine Gun - 7.7x58mm Arisaka
A Japanese soldier carries a Type 99.
A Japanese soldier kills Johnno (Tom Budge
) with his Type 99.
Nambu Type 92
A Japanese machine gun crew shoot Max Scholt (Simon Stone) in the stomach during an ambush with a Type 92 heavy machine gun.
Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun - 7.7x58mm SR
A Type 92 fires from an ambush position.
The dead Japanese Machine gun crew lie by their weapon.
Burke (Luke Ford) and Jack Scholt (Jack Finsterer) can be seen using the Mills Bomb in the film.
Burke (Luke Ford
) pulls the pin from the Mills Bomb. You can see the pin in his left hand.