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Come See the Paradise (1990)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | January 1991 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack McGurn
Hiroshi Kawamura
Shizuko Hoshi ...
Mrs. Kawamura
Charlie Kawamura
Ronald Yamamoto ...
Harry Kawamura
Akemi Nishino ...
Dulcie Kawamura
Naomi Nakano ...
Joyce Kawamura
Brady Tsurutani ...
Frankie Kawamura
Elizabeth Gilliam ...
Younger Mini McGann
Shyree Mezick ...
Middle Mini McGann
Older Mini McGann
Augie Farrell
Gerry McGurn
Marge McGurn


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 »


Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

January 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bienvenue au paradis  »

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Box Office


$847,306 (USA)

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| (FMC Library Print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


[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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A Dark Time For America
4 July 2001 | by (United States) – 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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