Come See the Paradise (1990)




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One of the few American films to deal with the tragic story of the internment of Asian-Americans during World War II, Come See the Paradise opens in the late 1930s, as Jack McGurn (Dennis Quaid) is working as a union organizer in New York City. Jack finds himself on the wrong side of the law after he gets involved in an ill-advised bombing of a scab shop, and he flees to Los Angeles, where Hiroshi Kawamura (Sab Shimono) gives him a job as a projectionist in L.A.'s Little Tokyo. Jack soon meets … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Alan Parker
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On DVD: Jun 6, 2006


as Jack McGurn

as Lily Kawamura

as Hiroshi Kawamura

as Mrs. Kawamura

as Charlie Kawamura

as Harry Kawamura

as Dulcie Kawamura

as Joyce Kawamura

as Frankie Kawamura

as Middle Mini

as Augie Farrell

as Gerry McGurn

as Marge McGurn

as Mr. Fujioka

as Mr. Nishikawa

as Mr. Yamanaka

as Japanese Actor

as Acting Troupe Manage...

as Social Club Singer

as Reiko Sakoda

as Master of Ceremonies

as FBI Agent

as Mr. Ogata

as Mrs. Ogata

as Camp Singer

as Japanese Girl

as Mr. Matsui

as Mr. Noji

as Fujioka's Mother

as Dance Hall Singer

as Wedding Singer

as Detective

as Store Manager

as Draft Clerk

as Kindergarten Teacher

as Race Track Soldier

as Basic Training Serge...

as Farmer

as Issei Gentleman

as Road Block Soldier

as Demonstration Leader

as Army Captain

as FBI Agent

as Woman in Uniform

as Committee Chairman

as MP Soldier

as Administrator

as Heckler

as McGurn Children

as Dance Hall Band Memb...

as Theatre Men
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Critic Reviews for Come See the Paradise

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | September 7, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 31, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Come See the Paradise


A good drama portraying racial tensions Japanese Americans, and their families, faced during World War II. Really good movie. Early days of Dennis Quaid....some really great acting here on his part.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

One of my all-time favorite movies!! Love this movie with Quaid and Tomita! Beautiful tale of love and devotion, a fascinating story of the strength of family ties.


Leo L

Super Reviewer

(1990 Director: Alan Parker) Seems there were a few movies made about hush hush accounts of the internment of Japanese living in America in response to WW II! This film is one; another is Snow Falling on Cedars, though in a less underplayed way. As I tell my son this is NOT a war movie yet in the stories of the peoples lives in this film they are IMPACTED by the war.

Just watching this movie (Netflix rental) tonight. I have awaited its arrival & been looking forward to it! Wished to see it both for the actors & its themes & wondering how it was handled--released in 1990 (filmed at the end of the '80's "Me" generation] Both sides of this cd-rom have film--the main movie on one side; the flip side has directorial comments, video images & much more.

This is a very sensitive handling of the racial & nationalism issues of the 1940's just pre-bomibing of Pearl Harbor set when this very unlikely pair met. Irish Projectionists' Labor Union attorney Jack McGunn (Dennis McQuaid) well versed in the Wagner Labor Relations Act. Jack is ousted because he disapproves of the dirty politics and is forced to move to Los Angeles to stay with his brother (Colm Meaney-Star Trek) and meets through his modest job as projectionist for a private theatre in Little Toyko the beautiful Lily Wakamura (Tamlyn Tomita) seamstress & daughter of a modest Japanese family living in Little Tokyo (Los Angeles).

Teresa S

Super Reviewer

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