|Come See the Paradise 1990 R, 138 min.|
Director: Alan Parker
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Sab Shimono, Shizuko Hoshi, Stan Egi, Ronald Yamamoto, Akemi Nishino, Naomi Nakano, Brady Tsurutani, Elizabeth Gilliam
The plight of the Japanese-Americans and the union activists/organizers in the 1930s and 1940s are both highlighted in this love story of union activist Jack (Dennis Quaid) and Japanese-American Lily (Tamlyn Tomita). Against the wishes of her father, Lily marries Jack. When World War II breaks out, Lily, along with many of the Japanese-Americans, is put in an internment camp. Jack, now in the service, goes AWOL and searches the camps for Lily. Not many films have dealt with the treatment of the Japanese-Americans, and this one, though not great, is adequate in its treatment of the subject.
|The Day After Tomorrow 2004 PG-13, 124 min.|
Genre: Sci-Fi / Action / Adventure / Thriller
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders, Sela Ward, Austin Nichols, Arjay Smith, Tamlyn Tomita, Sasha Roiz, Ian Holm, Nassim Sharara, Kenneth Welsh, Carl Alacchi, Michel "Gish" Abou-Samah
Well-orchestrated, eco-disaster scenes–a Tsunami swamping Manhattan, tornadoes devastating L.A., and hail pelting Tokyo, effects of melting ice caps–highlight this film, but the plot about Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) struggling to locate his son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), pales in comparison.
|The Eye 2008 PG-13, 97 min.|
Genre: Horror / Drama / Thriller
Director: David Moreau, Xavier Palud
Cast: Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey, Rade Serbedzija, Fernanda Romero, Rachel Ticotin, Obba Babatunde, Danny Mora, Chloe Moretz, Brett Haworth, Kevin K., Tamlyn Tomita, Karen Austin
Concert violinist Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) lost her sight when she was a young child in an accident that her sister Helen (Parker Posey) still blames herself for. Now, Sydney is given the chance to see again through double corneal transplant surgery, which, it turns out, leaves her with a new problem. Following her restoration surgery, Sydney is now experiencing ghostly shadows of dead people as well as people who are about to die. Her vision therapist, Dr. Paul Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola), tries to help and tells her that she is just going through a transition stage. But, Sydney realizes that her troubles relate to her new eyes and that she must find the donor in order to uncover what secret visions those eyes have held if she is ever going to solve her current problems.
|The Joy Luck Club 1993 R, 138 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Wayne Wang
Cast: Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin, France Nuyen, Lisa Lu, Ming-Na, Tamlyn Tomita, Lauren Tom, Rosalind Chao, Victor Wong, Michael Paul Chan, Chao Li Chi, Melanie Chang
This is the film adaptation of Amy Tan's excellent novel about four Chinese women who fled China in the 1930s and became lifelong friends in San Francisco. It is an insightful look into the Joy Luck Club's members as well as their daughters' contemporary problems.
|The Karate Kid, Part II 1986 PG, 113 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama / Action / Romance
aka: Karate Kid II
Director: John G. Avildsen
Cast: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Nobu McCarthy, Martin Kove, Danny Kamekona, Yuji Okumoto, Tamlyn Tomita, Bruce Malmuth, Pat E. Johnson, Will Hunt, Evan Malmuth, Joey Miyashima, Raymond Ma, Charlie Tanimoto, Marc Hayashi
In this sequel, Mr. Kesuke Miyagi (Pat Morita) is summoned to Okinawa where his father (Charlie Tanimoto) is dying, and he takes his student Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) with him. Upon arrival, Miyagi reunites with his childhood sweetheart Yukie (Nobu McCarthy) who Miyagi believes married his rival Sato (Danny Kamekona). Now, Sato wants to resume fighting with Miyagi, and Danny is challenged to a fight with Sato's nephew Chozen (Yuji Okumoto). The test of wills is on in an action-packed climax. The soundtrack includes "Glory of Love," which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song.
|Robot Stories 2003 N/R, 85 min.|
Director: Greg Pak
Cast: Tamlyn Tomita, Sab Shimono, Wai Ching Ho, Greg Pak, James Saito, Cindy Cheung, Bill Coelius, Elisa Davis, Vin Knight, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Tim Kang, Julienne Hanzelka Kim
"Robot Stories" contains four individual tales in which humans connect with robots in their everyday lives. Good entertainment in the science fiction realm.
|1. Come See the Paradise (1990)|
2. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
3. The Eye (2008)
4. The Joy Luck Club (1993)
5. The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)
aka: Karate Kid II
6. Picture Bride (1995)
7. Robot Stories (2003)
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