troperville

tools

toys


main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Film: Kokoda
Kokoda is a 2006 Australian film about Australian militias from the 39th Battalion during the titular World War II campaign.

The story is set in 1942. The Japanese forces have advanced through Asia, conquering large parts of it. Australia is under the threat of invasion. To prevent this, a bunch of poorly trained militias are sent to Papua New Guinea to hold off the advancing Japanese forces along the only way to Port Moresby, which is the extremely muddy and hostile Kokoda Trail. Under-equipped, under-supplied and sleep deprived, the men of the 39th Battalion make their way through one of the most claustrophobic, exhausting and frightening theaters of the war.

This film provides examples of:

  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Done to Blue by the Japanese after he stayed behind to provide cover with his Bren.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone, as befits a movie about Australian soldiers.
    Dan: "I don't suppose its too late to ask for leave on compassionate grounds at this late juncture?"
    Sam: "And what grounds would those be?"
    Dan: "Grounds of 'I don't wanna get me head blown off'"
  • Everything Is Trying to Kill You
  • Eye Scream: One poor sod hides beneath a log, then gets out only to discover a Japanese soldier pointing a bayonet at his face. Ouch.
  • Highly Conspicuous Uniform: The Aussies are stuck in desert uniforms, which isn't exactly the best protection in a jungle environment.
  • Hungry Jungle: Portrayed extremely well, with the lighting and claustrophobia creating a fantastic atmosphere.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: Unlike the Aussies, the Japanese have the luxury of ghillie suits. Nothing says Oh Crap like a patch of grass slowly rising up behind the Lieutenant.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Which successfully held back the Japanese despite being outnumbered and outgunned, and eventually turned them away. (also a Truth in Television)
  • Scenery Porn
  • Squad Nickname: the regular army forces nicknamed the concripts "chocos", short for "chocolate soldiers" (because they thought that they would "melt under pressure", Truth in Television)

KennyAustralian MoviesThe Last Wave
Empire of the SunWorks Set in World War IIWindtalkers
Kingdom of HeavenMilitary and Warfare FilmsLa Revolucion Es Un Sueno Eterno
The Killing Of John LennonFilms of 2005 - 2009 Lady in the Water

alternative title(s): Kokoda
random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
4999
41