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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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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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Trivia

Publicity for this picture stated: "During the World War II over 110,000 Japanese Americans, mostly American citizens, were interned in concentration camps in the United States, unconstitutionally, without trial, [and] for no reason other than their racial ancestry". See more »

Goofs

When the Family is departing for the camps by train, An Announcement uses the Phonetic Alphabet BRAVO for B when referring to the train. BRAVO is the Current Phonetic Alphabet but during WW2 it would have been BAKER. ABLE BAKER CHARLIE, not the current ALFA BRAVO CHARLIE. 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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Villains: So Bad, They're Good (1995) See more »

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(It Will Have to Do) Until the Real Thing Comes Along
Written by Mann Holiner, Alberta Nichols, Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin and L.E. Freeman
Performed by Ronald Yamamoto
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Fine, but not perfect
14 April 2001 | by See 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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