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Come See the Paradise (1990)

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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

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 film was selected to screen in competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end when Lily is sitting at the kitchen table she reports to her aunt that a big bomb, an atomic bomb, was dropped over Hiroshima. "In a 1/10th of a second 200,000 people were killed". This is a factual error. Approximately 70,000 were killed that day and roughly another 70,000 by the end of 1945. 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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Flower That Blooms in the Rain
Written and Arranged by Fujio Ikeda
Lyrics by Takahashi
Performed by Mariko Seki
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Unnecessary parts to the plot
25 March 2018 | by angelcasillas-41130See all my reviews

This movie tells a story that often many Americans do not recall. When we think of camps, we usually think about how Americans were heroes who liberated Nazi camps during the second World War. However, this story lets you observe the many aspects of Japanese internment and how many American citizens were imprisoned by the way that they looked rather than for having committed a crime.

I find the first half an hour or so unnecessary. You are introduced to a Japanese family and their business, and Dennis Quaid's character. His character is actually pretty unnecessary in the movie. He does not really contribute anything to the plot besides being married to a japanese girl. Of course, this was rather odd at the time since the Japanese were considered the enemy, but that is pretty much it in my opinion. The movie could have retold the exact same story and saved us about 45 minutes in telling us about Japanese internment without the use of his character. THis is not to say the movie is bad, but it is pretty long for no reason other than to include an american that you are supposed to be inclined into liking.


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