Come See The Paradise (1990)


come_see_the_paradise“It was a beautiful day. It was the best wedding anyone had ever had. We had flowers. We had champagne. It was the best day of my life. ” – Lily

Number of Times Seen – At least 3 times (cable in the early 90’s, 4 Mar 2001 and 5 Jul 2015)

Brief Synopsis – During the 1930’s a drifter fleeing from his past and a traditional Japanese-American woman meet and fall in love despite cultural bias. Little do they know how the upcoming war will test their lives and love in ways they couldn’t imagine.

My Take on it – I saw this movie years ago an immediately fell in love with the characters and the compelling storyline.

There aren’t many movies that have portrayed this dark chapter in US history and they do a wonderful job here of it.

This is one of those movies where the love and passion between the characters feels so real and that is mostly due to the amazing performances by Dennis Quaid and Tamlyn Tomita.

I have always been a fan of Quaid’s work and Tomita has been great in every role I’ve seen her in. This and an excellent episode of Quantum Leap are my personal favorites.

This movie didn’t do so well when it came out and that has always baffled me because I think so highly of it.

The story is about a forbidden love at a time when everyone was seeking their own freedoms in a depression era America.

Bottom Line – Such a great movie about forbidden love in a turbulent time in American History. One of the few movies to portray the internment of Japanese-Americans in camps during WWII and it does justice to the reality by the way the injustice is shown . Quaid and Tomita are both great and their love seems genuine.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film’s “Come See The Paradise” title is derived from a of a poem by Russian poet Anna Akh. As writer-director Alan Parker couldn’t locate the original work, Parker wrote his own new version. It read: “We all dream our American dreams. When we’re awake and when we sleep. So much hope that grief belies. Far beyond the lies and sighs. Because dreams are free. And so are we. Come See the Paradise.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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