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Come See the Paradise (1990)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | January 1991 (USA)
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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Cast

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Hiroshi Kawamura
Shizuko Hoshi ...
Mrs. Kawamura
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Ronald Yamamoto ...
Harry Kawamura
Akemi Nishino ...
Naomi Nakano ...
Joyce Kawamura
Brady Tsurutani ...
Frankie Kawamura
Elizabeth Gilliam ...
Younger Mini McGann
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Middle Mini McGann
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Augie Farrell
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Gerry McGurn
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Marge McGurn
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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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Bienvenue au paradis  »

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$847,306
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The film's "Come See The Paradise" title is derived from a of a poem by Russian poet Anna Akh. As writer-director Alan Parker couldn't locate the original work, Parker wrote his own new version. It read: "We all dream our American dreams. When we're awake and when we sleep. So much hope that grief belies. Far beyond the lies and sighs. Because dreams are free. And so are we. Come See the Paradise." See more »

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

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[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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Love Is the Sweetest Thing
Written by Ray Noble
Performed by Mark Earley
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A Dark Time For America
4 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the most powerful films that I have seen about the Japanese-American experience in the internment camps during WW2.The think that struck me from the very beginning was that these folk were just as American as any of us.They,too,were just trying to live the American Dream,until the policies of the US Government took their dreams away from them.History has a bad habit of repeating itself,and movies like this remind us that regardless of race,creed,or color,we're all just Americans.This was a bad time for US domestic policy,and hopefully a shameful policy like this will never rear its ugly head again in our country.


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