According to the book 'New Zealand Film' by Helen Martin and Sam Edwards, "The source novel [of this film] was written in New Zealand but is a European story. Some crew were from France although the film is a New Zealand production. The French locations made it a complex production task. The film, made in 1988, was to have been a co-production [between France and New Zealand], but the French pulled out. This, combined with the bankruptcy of a contracted U.S. distributor who failed to pay a big advance, helped send the [production company of this film,] Mirage Entertainment Corporation into receivership."
The film utilizes an oft-used storyline of the war movie genre which has two soldiers in love with the same girl.