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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

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First, their love was forbidden by law. Then it was torn apart by war. See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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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 American Civil Liberties Union has stated that the internment of Japanese Americans in the Japanese-American internment camps as being "the worst wholesale violation of civil rights of American citizens in our history". See more »

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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 Oshidori utagassen (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Jack's Theatre Song
Music by Edward Karam (as Eddie Karam)
Words by Alan Parker
Sung by Dennis Quaid
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A Difficult Movie to *Feel*
30 January 1999 | by POPSCENESee all my reviews

I wish that this film could have been better--and it could have, in many ways. First of all the acting was quite good, particularly Tamlyn Tomita whose charm and beauty make for radiant scenes. And the sets/cinematography allowed for a good deal of authenticity.

However, the difficulty I have with the film concerns--as other reviewers have noted--a wandering and unfocused script. Although Alan Parker allows for an accurate (for the most part) and revealing look at life in the internment camps, we rarely see anything from Jack's (Dennis Quaid) perspective. What happened to him after he went AWOL? How long were they apart? Also, the difficulties that everyone had with the marriage between Lily and Jack are resolved without any discussion. She simply comes home from Seattle and all is forgiven? The cultural tensions and familial disputes were left behind in favor of a highly politicized second half.

In order to fit in the family conflicts and internment episodes, the romance between Lily and Jack is hastened to the point of non-existence in the second half hour. Therefore the audience had little reason to dread their eventual separation, and rejoice in their ultimate reunion.

Finally, on an historical note, the Supreme Court case Korematsu vs. U.S. (1944) upheld the constitutionality of the internment camps. The movie portrayed a victorious Supreme Court decision that allowed for all internees to return to freedom. However, the US government did not officially recognize the unconstitutionality of Executive Order 9066 until 1988, with a Congressional apology and restitution.

Overall, because of the highly-charged emotional potential of the subject matter, I had expected a film with a little more feeling. And if a director/writer is going to make a political movie to illuminate a dark period of American history, he should at least get his facts straight.

Salome


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