Come See the Paradise

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Overview

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 Hiroshi's beautiful ...
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Overview

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 Hiroshi's beautiful daughter Lily Tamlyn Tomita and it's love at first sight. Jack and Lily decide to get married, but Hiroshi opposes the match and California law prevents mixed-race couples from obtaining a marriage license. Jack and Lily move to Seattle, where they are wed and soon have a daughter. Jack, however, begins working with the union again, which puts a strain on their marriage; Lily takes their child and returns to Los Angeles. But before long the United States enters World War II, and the Kawamura family is sent along with all other Americans of Japanese descent living in California to an internment camp, as it is believed they will become traitors against America if left to their own devices. Jack, ironically, is drafted into the Army and soon goes AWOL to return to California, where he tries to find his wife in the camps.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Come See the Paradise is a truly underrated film from director Alan Parker that deserved far better from awards committees and theatergoers than the indifferent reception it received. An unflinching examination of a long-ignored, shameful side of World War II, this powerful drama is cleverly shot in the gauzy, golden-hued tones of a nostalgic period piece, but it has a lot more on its mind than simply rehashing the glory of the war years. Mixed-race marriage, the U.S. government's attempts to quell organized labor, and its reprehensible policy toward its own Japanese-American citizens are just a few of the issues delineated in a superb film that remembers all too keenly that the good old days weren't so good for some. Along with his previous film Mississippi Burning (1988), director Parker creates a significant pair of thoughtful, absorbing historical fictions replete with excellent performances and sharp, critical observations of disgraceful chapters in American history. Another real standout element here is the intense, atmospheric score by composer Randy Edelman, which became ubiquitous in the trailers of other films for many years afterward.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/1992
  • UPC: 086162185434
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Jack McGurn
Tamlyn Tomita Lily Kawamura
Sab Shimono , Mr. Kawamura
Shizuko Hoshi , Mrs. Kawamura
Stan Egi Charlie Kawamura
Ronald Yamamoto Harry Kawamura
Naomi Nakano Joyce Kawamura
Brady Tsurutani Frankie Kawamura
Elizabeth Gilliam Young Mini
Shyree Mezick Middle Mini
Colm Meaney Gerry McGurn
Becky Ann Baker Marge McGurn
Don Adler Race Track Soldier
Shuko Akune Reiko Sakoda
Tommy Allen
Cynthia Aso
George Buck
Tricia L. Campbell
David Carpenter Army Captain
Lisa Clarkson
Robert F. Colesberry Truck Driver
Paul A. DiCocco Jr. Eddie
Mark Earley Wedding Singer
Jumi Emizawa Camp Singer
Emi Endo Japanese Girl
John Finnegan Brennan
George "Buck" Flower
Howard French Draft Clerk
Mariko Fujinaka Fumiko
Allan Graf Theatre Men
Ben di Gregorio FBI Agent
Joe Heinemann
Tad Horino Mr. Noji
Sanae Hosaka Social Club Singer
Takumaro Ikeguchi Mr. Fujioka
Yoshimi Imai Mr. Yamanaka
Lenny Imamura Japanese Actor
Fred Irinaga Mr. Matsui
Dale Ishimoto Mr. Ogata
Shinko isobe Mrs. Ogata
Richard Iwamoto Committee Chairman
John Jensen
Danny Kamekona Mr. Nishikawa
Douglas Kato
Ken Katsumoto Kenji
Caroline Junko King Principal
Teri Eiko Koide
Joe Lisi Detective
Fran Lucci Dance Hall Singer
Doug MacHugh Store Manager
Dave MacIntyre Santa
Ken Y. Mayeno
John Mazzocco
John McColpin MP Soldier
Kevin McDermott Administrator
Goh Misawa Acting Troupe Manager
Marian Mukogawa Fujioka's Mother
Akemi Nishino Dulcie Kawamura
Kim Robillard Road Block Soldier
Bill M. Ryusaki Issei Gentleman
Saachiko Woman in Uniform
Makio Sasaki Heckler
Keenan Shimizu
Ben Slack Farmer
Gigi Toya Kindergarten Teacher
Frank Trocha
Pruitt Taylor Vince Augie Farrell
Kelsy White McGurn Children
George Wilbur
Ian Woolf Basic Training Sergeant
Michael York Dance Hall Band Member
Harunobu Yoshida Demonstration Leader
Technical Credits
Alan Parker Director, Screenwriter
Robert F. Colesberry Producer
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Jim Erickson Set Decoration/Design
Gerry Hambling Editor
Geoffrey Kirkland Production Designer
Molly Maginnis Costumes/Costume Designer
Nellie Nugiel Associate Producer
John Robotham Stunts
Michael Seresin Cinematographer
John J. Smith Production Manager
Stephen Traxler Set Decoration/Design
John Willett Art Director
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