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Come See the Paradise (1990)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | January 1991 (USA)
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The passionate romance between an Irish-American man and a Japanese-American woman is threatened when the Pearl Harbor attacks happen and the woman is forced into a prison camp because of her ethnicity.

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Alan Parker

Writer:

Alan Parker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Jack McGurn
Tamlyn Tomita ... Lily Yuriko Kawamura / McGann
Sab Shimono ... Hiroshi Kawamura
Shizuko Hoshi Shizuko Hoshi ... Mrs. Kawamura
Stan Egi ... Charlie Kawamura
Ronald Yamamoto Ronald Yamamoto ... Harry Kawamura
Akemi Nishino Akemi Nishino ... Dulcie Kawamura
Naomi Nakano Naomi Nakano ... Joyce Kawamura
Brady Tsurutani Brady Tsurutani ... Frankie Kawamura
Elizabeth Gilliam Elizabeth Gilliam ... Younger Mini McGann
Shyree Mezick ... Middle Mini McGann
Caroline Junko King ... Older Mini McGann
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Augie Farrell
Colm Meaney ... Gerry McGurn
Becky Ann Baker ... Marge McGurn
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Storyline

Portraying one of the shadier details of American history, this is the story of Jack McGurn, who comes to Los Angeles in 1936. He gets a job at a movie theatre in Little Tokyo and falls in love with the boss's daughter, Lily Kawamura. When her father finds out, he is fired and forbidden ever to see her again. But together they escape to Seattle. When the war breaks out, the authorities decide that the Japanese immigrants must live in camps like war prisoners. Written by Mattias Thuresson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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In 1942, over 100,000 Americans were interned in prison camps.....In America. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bienvenue au paradis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$847,306
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie ranks at the No. #1 spot on the top 10 list of most Oscar-bait movies ever made according to research by UCLA sociologists Gabriel Rossman and Oliver Schilke. According to website 'Wikipedia', this movie is "the most deliberate example of Oscar bait in their study of 3,000 films released since 1985. The identification is based on various elements calculated to be likely to draw Oscar nominations, including the previous nominations of [Alan] Parker, the film's setting in Hollywood (including Quaid's projectionist character), and its depiction of a tragic historical event against the background of war and racism. It was only released in a few cities during the last week of that year to make it eligible for the awards. However, it was not nominated for any Oscars and failed at the box office". See more »

Goofs

During the destroying Japanese businesses scene, one of the broken windows is made from safety glass. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Older Mini McGann: Why are we so early?
Lily Yuriko Kawamura: It's good to be early.
Older Mini McGann: Do you ever worry that you won't recognize him, Mama?
Lily Yuriko Kawamura: You recognize me, don't you?
Older Mini McGann: Well, he might have grown a beard or a moustache or something. And I was so little. I only think I remember him. Do you think he'll remember me?
Lily Yuriko Kawamura: Well, he has all your photographs and all the letters you wrote him, and he has all your school reports
Older Mini McGann: You sent him my school reports?
Lily Yuriko Kawamura: Of course I did. I wanted to let him know how well you were doing. Come on, ...
[...]
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Connections

Features Under Two Flags (1936) See more »

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Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Charles Tobias and Lew Brown
Performed by Teri Eiko Koide, Jumi Emizawa and Cynthia Lauren
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Fine, but not perfect
14 April 2001 | by Pro JurySee all my reviews

During WWII, Japanese Americans are stripped of their property and sent to prison camps in California. Also seemingly taken away is the family life of an American man and his Japanese soulmate.

This is powerful material and COME SEE THE PARADISE does well as a first attempt. Surely, sooner or later more talented directors will revisit this bit of history and hit a home run.

Few movie fans know that STAR TREK's George Takei (Mr. Sulu) lived with his family in these California concentration camps during WWII. Both his father and grandmother died in them.

As ROOTS showed us the reality of slavery in America, as GERONIMO taught us that the taking of the West was an ugly affair devoid of justice, as the DEAR HUNTER told us that the troubles of Vietnam were deeper than reported on the evening news; COME SEE THE PARADISE gives us an imperfect glimps of some of our darkest mistakes of WWII.


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