Come See the Paradise Reviews
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).
Details one of the shadier acts in US history - the internment of Japanese-Americans in camps during World War 2.
Quite moving. You share in the injustice of the situation.
However, pacing is uneven. Spends much time building up this event (not overly so, though) but then speeds up towards the end, skipping some details and diluting the effect.
A more powerful movie would have concentrated more on the internment camps. A bit too schmaltzy too.
Good performances all round.
the story starts with jack, a labor union activist who must run from new york to los angeles, where he finds a new life. his leftist beliefs will put him from one trouble to another during the whole movie. he gets involved with japanese american community in little tokyo, and gets married with lily, a daughter of a japanese industrial. they have not so idyllic life (they have no acceptance from her family, and society in general), but their days of heaven are over with the breakout of the WWII...
this movie treats one of the biggest and darkest issues of american politics: the concentration camps for japanese americans (there were no camps for german or italian americans). a perspective of the movie can be a problem. lily is the narrator, but perspective is not her, it's jack's, and that could sound as a politically correct preaching. but it's not like that. dennis quaid's perfect acting is there to make us believe that he is personally involved with the situation, and it is one of the best solutions, but the function of the narrator has gone obsolete with this.
the rest of the movie is kinda expected. recommendation for the fans of high-key larger-than-life stories. recommendation for the others if they find it on TV. not worth bothering otherwise.