Come See the Paradise 1990

Come See the Paradise

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In this drama from director Alan Parker, on-the-lam Jack McGurn (Dennis Quaid) flees to Los Angeles and takes a job as a projectionist at a movie theater owned by a Japanese-American man (Sab Shimono). Jack falls for the owner's daughter, Lily (Tamlyn Tomita), but they are forced to elope to Seattle when her father forbids the relationship. The couple marry and have a daughter, but when World War II breaks out, Jack is powerless to stop his new family's forced internment.

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Dennis Quaid
Jack McGurn
Tamlyn Tomita
Lily Yuriko Kawamura, McGann
Sab Shimono
Hiroshi Kawamura
Shizuko Hoshi
Mrs. Kawamura
Stan Egi
Charlie Kawamura
Ronald Yamamoto
Harry Kawamura
Akemi Nishino
Dulcie Kawamura
Naomi Nakano
Joyce Kawamura
Brady Tsurutani
Frankie Kawamura
Elizabeth Gilliam
Younger Mini McGann
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Critic Reviews for Come See the Paradise

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  • Jul 26, 2012
    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
  • Oct 24, 2009
    (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
  • Jan 03, 2008
    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. FANTASTIC!!
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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