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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack McGurn
... Lily Yuriko Kawamura / McGann
... 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
... Middle Mini McGann
... Older Mini McGann
... Augie Farrell
... Gerry McGurn
... 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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Bienvenue au paradis  »

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$847,306
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The name of the "Japantown" in L.A., the Japanese American ethnic region in downtown Los Angeles seen in the movie, is called "Little Tokyo", but is also known as "Lil' Tokyo, J-Town (Sho-tokyo)", as well as the "Little Tokyo Historic District". See more »

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During the destroying Japanese businesses scene, the "I am an American" sign is printed as if from a professional printers, however, it's entirely possible that people had signs professionally printed. 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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Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
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not bad melodrama, good performances, decent substance
17 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Of all places, I remember seeing this film in an English class in senior year of High School (something to do with civil rights, not really to do with the quality of writing per-say), to give all the sides to the problems of equality in the American experience. Come See the Paradise does chronicle a crucial blunder during the second world war- the kind of lesson to be learned from it that does need to be learned in regards to the present- though I could imagine a better film being made at some point on the subject. This is the big chunk of it, anyway, the one that would get spoken of if passed along to someone as a one-line note. But there's also a romantic plot to it, relating the experience so that it's personal and not just an abstract form of a nightmarish reality.

Dennis Quaid and Tamlyn Tomita play the romantic interest of the picture, Quaid playing a regular Joe who comes to work at a movie theater in Little Tokyo, meets the boss's daughter played by Tomita, and soon they fall for each other quite deeply. But as it's forbidden by the girl's father, they still try and sneak away anyway to have their love. Then come the internment camps, the camps created as a homegrown quasi concentration camp for the Japanese, where in Lily is once again with her family, away from her great love. It isn't exactly the most sunny of entertainments, and Alan Parker's writing is nowhere near the level of finesse and maturity his direction has, but there could be a lot worse as far as bludgeoning-over-the-head movie-making. I can also see, from my recollection, that it is understandably one of the least seen of Parker's films.


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