NEW GUADALCANAL WAR MOVIE TO BE FILMED ON LOCATION

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (October 28, 1997 - Radio Australia)---A big budget Hollywood movie is about to re-enact the Second World War on one of the world's most infamous Pacific battlegrounds --Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

Guadalcanal marked the southern-most advance of the Japanese military forces in 1942, where the U.S. Marines fought a series of fierce battles to turn the tide of the war.

An American film company will begin shooting the film --The Thin Red Line-- in the Solomons early next month.

Meantime, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu has called on Japan and the Western Allies to pay for a clean-up of the wartime debris.

Ulufa'alu says his country is facing an environmental disaster because nearly all the warships lying on the seabed near Guadalcanal, an area known as "Iron Bottom Sound," are oozing oil.

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