19 Apr 2006
The most surprising thing about Kokoda is that it wasn’t made until now. In 1942, in the jungle-clad mountains of Papua New Guinea, scores of strapping young Australian men fought and died for their country, with little support from Britain or the United States. Against overwhelming odds, they were victorious, and prevented the invasion of Australia by Imperial Japan. An exotic location, the gravitas of history, bloody and patriotic action, and a happy ending: what more could you ask for on the big screen?