icon Film Profile: East Is East - (1999)
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6.6/10 Stars
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3.5/10 Stars
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"A comedy of families, a chip shop... and a very randy dog."


  • Director: Damien O'Donnell
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Studio: Assassin Films
  • Widescreen | Duration: 110 Mins

Films about Asian integration in Britain have tended to be both serious (My Son the Fanatic) and marginalised (My Beautiful Laundrette), but this 1970s-set culture-clash comedy breaks the mould. It's thoroughly accessible and doesn't take itself too seriously as it follows the travails of a Pakistani dad (Om Puri), now married to an Englishwoman, who is desperate that his sons (among them, Jimi Mistry) buckle under and accept arranged marriages. The boys, heady with teenage freedom and feeling "British" as opposed to "Asian", are resistant, and family wrangling ensues. Funny, charming and refreshing, this is a great little film.
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Cast List:
George Khan : Om Puri
Ella Khan : Linda Bassett
Sajid Khan : Jordan Routledge
Meenah Khan : Archie Panjabi
Maneer Khan : Emil Marwa
Saleem Khan : Chris Bisson
Tariq Khan : Jimi Mistry
Abdul Khan : Raji James
Auntie Annie : Lesley Nicol

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