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Come See the Paradise (23-Dec-1990)

Director: Alan Parker

Writer: Alan Parker

Original Music by: Randy Edelman

Producer: Robert F. Colesberry

Keywords: Drama, WWII, Prison

An Army draftee's Japanese-American wife and daughter are sent to live in an internment camp during World War II.

New York City-based projectionist Jack McGurn leaves town when a violent campaign against non-union theaters destroys one such theater; arriving in Los Angeles, he becomes a projectionist at a theater owned by Japanese-Americans and falls in love with the boss's daughter, Lily. Jack's romance with Lily blossoms into a child-producing marriage; World War II forces Jack to head overseas to serve in the Army, while anti-Japanese paranoia sweeps Lily and her daughter into an internment camp. Named by a 2014 UCLA study as the most Oscar-targeted film released since 1985, Come See the Paradise failed to earn a single Academy Award nomination.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Colm Meaney
30-May-1953   Transporter Chief O'Brien in Star Trek: TNG
Dennis Quaid
9-Apr-1954   Any Given Sunday
Tamlyn Tomita
27-Jan-1966   The Burning Zone
Pruitt Taylor Vince
5-Jul-1960   American character actor
Michael York
27-Mar-1942   Logan's Run


Dennis Quaid   ...   Jack McGurn
Tamlyn Tomita   ...   Lily Kawamura
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
Pruitt Taylor Vince   ...   Augie Farrell
Colm Meaney   ...   Gerry McGurn
Becky Ann Baker   ...   Marge McGurn
Elizabeth Gilliam   ...   Young Mini
Shyree Mezick   ...   Middle Mini
Caroline Junko King   ...   Older Mini
John Finnegan   ...   Brennan
Takumaro Ikeguchi   ...   Mr. Fujioka
Danny Kamekona   ...   Mr. Nishikawa
Yoshimi Imai   ...   Mr. Yamanaka
Lenny Imamura   ...   Japanese Actor
Goh Misawa   ...   Acting Troupe Manager
Sanae Hosaka   ...   Social Club Singer
Shuko Akune   ...   Reiko Sakoda
Keenan Shimizu   ...   Master of Ceremonies
Dale Ishimoto   ...   Mr. Ogata
Shinko Isobe   ...   Mrs. Ogata
Mariko Fujinaka   ...   Fumiko
Fred Irinaga   ...   Mr. Matsui
Tad Horino   ...   Mr. Noji
George P. Wilbur   ...   Theatre Man #1
Allan Graf   ...   Theatre Man #2
Frank Trocha   ...   McGurn Child #1
Tricia L. Campbell   ...   McGurn Child #2
Kelsy White   ...   McGurn Child #3
Cynthia Aso   ...   Japanese Girl #1
Emi Endo   ...   Japanese Girl #2
Marian Mukogawa   ...   Fujioko's Mother
Fran Lucci   ...   Dance Hall Singer
John Jensen   ...   Dance Hall Band
John Mazzocco   ...   Dance Hall Band
Joe Heinemann   ...   Dance Hall Band
Michael York   ...   Dance Hall Band
Mark Earley   ...   Wedding Singer
Paul DiCocco, Jr.   ...   Eddie
Joe Lisi   ...   Detective
David MacIntyre   ...   Santa
Doug MacHugh   ...   Store Manager
Howard French   ...   Draft Clerk
Gigi Toya   ...   Kindergarten Teacher
Don Alder   ...   Race Track Soldier
Teri Eiko Koide   ...   Camp Singer
Jumi Emizawa   ...   Camp Singer
Cynthia Lauren   ...   Camp Singer
Ian Woolf   ...   Basic Training Sergeant
Ben Slack   ...   Farmer
Bill M. Ryusaki   ...   Issei Gentleman
Ken Katsumoto   ...   Kenji
Kim Robillard   ...   Road Block Soldier
George Buck   ...   Administrator #1
Kevin McDermott   ...   Administrator #2
Harunobu Yoshida   ...   Demonstration Leader
David Carpenter   ...   Army Captain
Ben DiGregorio   ...   FBI Agent
Saachiko   ...   Woman in Uniform
Ben Colesberry   ...   Truck Driver
Richard Iwamoto   ...   Committee Chairman
Douglas Kato   ...   Heckler #1
Ken Y. Mayeno   ...   Heckler #2
Makio Sasaki   ...   Heckler #3
Tommy Allen   ...   MP Soldier #1
John McColpin   ...   MP Soldier #2
Social Club Band
Ricardo E. Cespedes   ...   Social Club Band
Yuji G. Hirayama   ...   Social Club Band
Larry Honda   ...   Social Club Band
William O. Hunt   ...   Social Club Band
Mark G. Izu   ...   Social Club Band
Jon C. Jang   ...   Social Club Band
Brian J. Lee   ...   Social Club Band
Francis G. Wong   ...   Social Club Band
Russell Yoon   ...   Social Club Band
Thomas R. Yoshida   ...   Social Club Band
Camp Band
Brian Oshima   ...   Camp Band
Kurt Takayama   ...   Camp Band
David Watanabe   ...   Camp Band
Miles Watanabe   ...   Camp Band
Ricardo E. Cespedes   ...   Camp Band
Robbie Hioki   ...   Camp Band
Dennis Hoda   ...   Camp Band
Brian J. Lee   ...   Camp Band
Vincent Wong   ...   Camp Band
Russell Yoon   ...   Camp Band
Yuji G. Hirayama   ...   Camp Band


Review by Gary Bouchard (posted on 14-May-2007)

"Come See the Paradise" is a film that every American should see. As well as being a very entertaining and dramatic film with a great storyline, this well crafted film forces us to take a close look another time in American History when civil liberties were taken away all in the name of War.

Review by Larry (posted on 2-Mar-2008)

The movie is based on actual events that occurred after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In February, 1942 President Franklyn Roosevelt signed executive order 9066 and this set in motion the internment of over 120,000 Japanese in "camps" mostly in the western states. The majority of the internees were U.S. citizens. The movie focuses on the Kawamura family, and the main character in the movie is Lily Kawamura, the oldest of five siblings. The movie shows how the very heart of the Japanese community on the west coast was torn out and trampled by racism and war hysteria. The movie does a good job of portraying how the interment split families and the aftermath of the egregious event. In the Kawamura family a rift developes bewtween the father, his daughter Lily who eloped with Jack McGann to get married, and his son, Charlie, who felt that his father had betrayed his trust (the father was arrested for his cultural activities within the Japanese community and Charlie felt he had collaborated with the FBI). After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled executive order 9066 to be unconstitutional in 1944, the families were allowed to return home. For the Kawamura's this meant going to live on a strawberry farm in Florin, California. By the time the family leaves the camp the only male left in the family was Frankie, the youngest sibling. Tamlyn Tomita gives a memorable performance as Lily, Dennis Quaid not so memorable as Jack McGann. The movie has a good flow to it, a good story line, a very good musical score.

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