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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In 1942, over 100,000 Americans were interned in prison camps.....In America. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,532, 25 December 1990

Gross USA:

$947,306

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$947,306
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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'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 »

Goofs

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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Connections

Features Under Two Flags (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Been Feeling Lethargic Lately
Written and Arranged by Masao Koga
Lyrics by Takahashi
Performed by Noriko Awaya
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A precursor of The Siege, a WWII Romeo/Juliet w/ happier ending.
30 July 1999 | by Flickfan-3See all my reviews

This movie has faults--don't they all. Have found it very helpful in teaching a variety of concepts to sophomore and junior English students. The scenes showing Lily and her family forced out of their homes by Americans, marching to the train station in total silence except for their haunting, now-forbidden Japanese music are always received with great concentration and silence by my classes--a high tribute to Mr. Parker's ability to let a picture speak for itself. Come to the Paradise offers a refreshingly different viewpoint of a critical point in American history for those of us who prefer a little something to chew on besides popcorn at the movies.


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