Come See Paradise

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Product Overview

During the late 1930s, with the Second World War feverishly brewing, Jack McGurn (Dennis Quaid), a struggling union activist working as a film projectionist in a San Francisco movie theater, falls in love with beautiful Japanese-American Lily Kawamura (Tamlyn Tomita). Against Lily's father's wishes (and contrary to the California law of the time forbidding intermarriage), Jack and Lily wed and have a child. Their marriage flourishes until the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and America enters World War II. Japanese Americans--including Lily and her family--are herded into concentration camps by the thousands. Jack is drafted into the army but is prepared to risk life and limb to see his family again.The predominantly Japanese American cast paints a stunning collective portrait of the toll taken by the rash and racist internment of Japanese-Americans during the war. Director Alan Parker, as he did in MISSISSIPPI BURNING, uses his acute, convincing storytelling abilities to take a brave look at a dark episode in America's past.System Requirements:Running Time: 135 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202439536
UPC 024543244608
UPC 14 00024543244608
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Romance
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
World War II
WWII
Editors Note
Note During the late 1930s, with the Second World War feverishly brewing, Jack McGurn (Dennis Quaid), a struggling union activist working as a film projectionist in a San Francisco movie theater, falls in love with beautiful Japanese-American Lily Kawamura (Tamlyn Tomita). Against Lily's father's wishes (and contrary to the California law of the time forbidding intermarriage), Jack and Lily wed and have a child. Their marriage flourishes until the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and America enters World War II. Japanese Americans--including Lily and her family--are herded into concentration camps by the thousands. Jack is drafted into the army but is prepared to risk life and limb to see his family again.^The predominantly Japanese American cast paints a stunning collective portrait of the toll taken by the rash and racist internment of Japanese-Americans during the war. Director Alan Parker, as he did in MISSISSIPPI BURNING, uses his acute, convincing storytelling abilities to take a brave look at a dark episode in America's past.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "They can break both my arms and legs and it could never hurt me as much as losing you, Lily." -- Jack McGurn (Dennis Quaid)
Reviews
New York Times "...The deep sorrow and controlled anger of COME SEE THE PARADISE make its attack on bigotry all the more forceful....Fine, delicate performances..." 12/23/1990 p.42
Los Angeles Times "...Director Parker keeps breaking down barriers, striking out audaciously..." 01/17/1991 p.F6
Directors
Alan Parker
Actors
Tamlyn Tomita
Dennis Quaid
Cast & Crew
Alan Parker - Director
Alan Parker - Writer
Dennis Quaid - Actor
Gerry Hambling - Editor
Michael Seresin - Cinematographer
Randy Edelman - Original Music By
Robert F. Colesberry - Producer
Sab Shimono - Actor
Shizuko Hoshi - Actor
Tamlyn Tomita - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1990
Catalog ID 2234460
UPC 00024543244608
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 138 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Audio Tracks English, Japanese
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  
Awards
Cannes Film Festival (1990) Alan Parker , Nominee, Best Director
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Quaid,Dennis
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...a fable to remind us of how easily we can surrender our liberties, and how much we need them.
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