Come See the Paradise

Come See the Paradise (1990) R
In the late 1930s, union organizer Jack McGurn (Dennis Quaid) goes from New York to California to avoid trouble when union activities get out of hand. Jack ends up in Los Angeles where he becomes the projectionist for the Japanese-run movie theater, The Paradise. Jack meets Lily (Tamlyn Tomita), daughter of his boss, and the two run away to Seattle to marry since interracial marriage is illegal in California. When WWII comes, Lily, her and Jack’s daughter Mini, and the rest of Lily’s family are rounded up and sent to an internment camp. The movie’s sets and costumes are steeped in a 1930s/40s aura and the movie brings home the impact the injustice of the Japanese American internment has on one family.

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