East is East

Overview

East is East, a fast-moving comedy drama of mixed-race manners, is set in Salford, England in 1970. It centers on the Anglo-Pakistani alliance of the Khan family that is both claustrophobically cohesive and hopelessly dysfunctional. In their over-crowded terrace house, anarchy erupts daily with farcical energy. The Khan children, caught between the traditional dogmatism of their Pakistani father Om Puri and laissez-faire attitude of their British mother Linda Bassett, have a lot of difficulties to follow their ...
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Overview

East is East, a fast-moving comedy drama of mixed-race manners, is set in Salford, England in 1970. It centers on the Anglo-Pakistani alliance of the Khan family that is both claustrophobically cohesive and hopelessly dysfunctional. In their over-crowded terrace house, anarchy erupts daily with farcical energy. The Khan children, caught between the traditional dogmatism of their Pakistani father Om Puri and laissez-faire attitude of their British mother Linda Bassett, have a lot of difficulties to follow their dreams of becoming citizens of the modern world. Based on the award-winning stage play by Ayub Khan-Din, East is East had great success in the theatres of London before it was made into a film.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Schneiderman
Never the twain shall meet? That is the core question in this comedy, based on a highly regarded British play and featuring internationally recognized Indian actor Om Puri as George Khan, a Pakistani who immigrates to England and marries an Englishwoman (Linda Bassett). The action is set in the early 1970s, 25 years after his arrival, when most of the couple's children (six boys, one girl) are grown up. George wants them to behave in a traditional Pakistani fashion, and his struggle to influence their decisions and behavior is veers from funny to harrowing -- it's definitely not a goofy sitcom. The film unfolds as George arranges marriages for his three eldest sons, each of whom refuses to let George take control of his life. The family struggles to get George to see himself as a cultural anachronism, but this is easier said than done. Although not ultimately satisfying as a pure comedy, East Is East is an often savory, funny exploration of its protagonists' cultural-identity conflicts.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A perceptive, sometimes broad examination of the family structure and its unsteady nature, East is East succeeds in its truthful, occasionally piercing dissection of its themes and in its refusal to take the easy route in presenting some difficult situations. Om Puri is one of Britain's most underappreciated talents, and here gives a robust, finely etched portrayal of a most hypocritical and sometimes brittle man without succumbing to stereotype or the grotesque. Well-adapted by Ayub Khan-Din from his hit play, the movie makes some pungent points about cross-culturalism in families, as well as the tottery London of the 1970s, and the healthy desire for change (though the film is sometimes steered into archetypal territory). The film was a winner of Best British Film in its native country's BAFTA Awards, not to mention the most successful self-funded British film at the time of its release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • UPC: 786936137064
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Om Puri Mr. Khan
Linda Bassett Ella
Jordan Routledge
Archie Panjabi , Meenah
Emil Marwa
Chris Bisson
Jimi Mistry
Raji James
Ian Aspinall
Lesley Nicol
Gary Damer
John Bardon
Emma Rydal
Ruth Jones
Technical Credits
Damien O'Donnell Director
Tom Conroy Production Designer
Henry Harris Art Director
Joan McCann Casting
Deborah Mollison Score Composer
Lorna Mugan Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Parker Editor
Stuart Renfrew Asst. Director
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
Leslie Udwin Producer
Alan J. Wands Executive Producer
Christian Wangler Sound/Sound Designer
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