The Rainbow Paradox
INTRODUCTION. OCTOBER 28TH 1943, CHOISEUL, SOLOMON ISLANDS
A small unit of 750 Para-marines from the 2nd Parachute Battalion make an amphibious landing on the Japanese occupied Island of Choiseul. Their mission is to "Raise Hell!", and divert Japanese attention away from the Island of Bougainville, where the next invasion of the continuing allied Pacific campaign is planned.
The 2nd Para-marines are a tough, specially trained, elite force used for difficult high risk missions. The raid on Choiseul is no exception, the Japanese must be given the impression that a larger invasion force has landed, so the strategy demands high risk attacks on heavily defended Japanese positions and supply routes.
The men know this mission, more than others, is probably a one way trip...
EXT. SCENE - CHOISEUL ISLAND, VIEW FROM THE SEA - MORNING
It is early morning and the sun cuts the horizon with a sharp orange blade of light that paints the rolling Pacific waves with warm hues of color. Above, the sky is dramatically up-lit, and dark clouds loom threateningly in the distance, appearing like huge abstract behemoths that unfurl wispy tendrils far across the horizon.
The island of Choiseul rises up from the ocean, mostly as a silhouette, its mass of palm trees swaying gently, glistening in the early morning light.
CAPTAIN RYAN MITCHELL
In a combat situation, especially when its all close up, you remember the men you've killed. You remember their eyes, those last moments when they realise that their life has been taken from them. You justify it by reminding yourself its either him or you... but sometimes, you can think the bastard deserved it...
EXT. SCENE - CHOISEUL ISLAND, BEACH - MORNING
A long stretch of beach extends toward a distant tree line, its clean white sands washed gently by the rolling surf. Drift wood and fell palm fronds litter the beach.
2 U.S. PT Boat landing craft bob in the water close to the beach, the doors already open, with its cargo of heavily kitted Para-marine soldiers disembarking knee deep into the surf.
The men move quickly up the beach, making for the tree line. The forward posse take up covering positions ahead of the men behind and aim their machine guns into the dark jungle.
CAPTAIN RYAN MITCHELL
In Guadalcanal we had learnt that mercy was a luxury we could ill afford. The Jap's were ruthless, so we became ruthless. The Japanese soldier easily became a symbol of everything we stood against, a dehumanised thing to wipe out. And I was ok with that...
EXT. SCENE - CHOISEUL ISLAND, JAPANESE SUPPLY DEPOT GUARD TOWER - MORNING, LATER
Two Japanese soldiers are standing on a guard tower. The tower is in an elevated position at the corner of the forward supply base affording the two soldiers a sweeping panoramic view of the jungle surrounding them.
The soldiers are relaxed, they talk and swap stories of hijinks typical of young men.