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East Is East


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  • Actors: Om Puri; Linda Bassett
  • Directors: Damien O'Donnel
  • Writers: Ayub Khan-Din
  • Producers: Leslee Udwin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 1 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004UCHA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,433 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "East Is East" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Here's the hilarious, good-time comedy about two bachelors who were having the time of their lives… until their father started picking their wives! For George "Genghis" Khan (Om Puri), life is a never-ending struggle to teach his kids traditional family values. His modern, fun-loving sons Tony (Jimi Mistry) and Abdul (Raji James), on the other hand, think they have everything figured out! So when the boys discover that dad has secretly arranged their marriages, youthful rebellion rules the day! Named "Best Picture of the Year" by the London Film Critics' Choice- you'll laugh along with this outrageous look at waht happens when two cultures clash in one family!

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 21, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I admit, I cried during this movie. It was difficult to watch the entire Khan family, all seven kids plus mom Ella and dad George, struggle with an identity that not only identified them as individuals, but as a family. It hits a chord not only with immigrant families, but all families. It relates the struggles of finding a balance between parental power and individual control. But despite all that mushy stuff, it's absolutely hilarious. Not only are the accents adorably amusing, the children remind you of what it was like to be young again and caught by your parents doing something you shouldn't have been. The opening scene lends to this as it follows the kids running through alleys so their father, a strict Muslim, doesn't see them marching in a Catholic parade. You can't help but laugh at their antics. The film is able to embrace both tradition and progress without becoming too boring. Definitely an A+!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dan Balogh on March 28, 2001
Format: DVD
What begins as a lighthearted and whimsical examination of the cultural differences between East and West escalates into a very serious and often dark study of the negative ramifications those irreconcilable differences can cause when strictly observed by those who lose track of the impact on those they love.
Om Puri is magnificent as Muslim George Khan, the traditional father of a very untraditional group of seven children, the offspring of his marriage with British wife Ella, played by Linda Bassett. Born and raised in England, his six sons and one daughter have grown to enjoy the high degree of cultural freedom not present in Pakistan. When George senses that he is losing the control of his family that he once enjoyed, he becomes an intransigent martinet and inadvertently manages to alienate them all.
Built on the foundation of quaint humor, the dramatic frissons, when they come, are stunning. And there's never a false note, as confident newcomer Damien O'Donnell directs Ayub Khan-Din's story with aplomb, a story which is partially autobiographical and based on Khan-Din's own play of the same name.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Linda Linguvic HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This 1999 British film is about the culture clash within a multicultural family living in Manchester, England, in 1971. The father, played by Om Puri, is Pakistani; the mother, played by Linda Basset, is English. They have seven children between the ages of 13 and 24 and run a fish and chips shop in a working class neighborhood. With a mixture of comedy and pathos, we feel the father's frustration as he tries to instill traditional Pakistani values into his family. Naturally they rebel as they are being raised in England and don't even speak their father's language. Each of the children copes in his or her own way, and there are some moments of hilarious comedy as the father tries to arrange marriages for his sons. But behind the humor, there's sadness, and I especially felt sorry for the 13 year-old boy who is forced to be circumcised. Mostly, the children want to be English and when the father becomes abusive to the mother, even the son who opted to be Muslim rebels against the father.
Acting is wonderful. Om Puri makes the audience both laugh at him and understand his grief. And the rest of the casting feels genuine. I was troubled about a few things though. One was the simple fact that there was no indoor plumbing and there are a lot of scenes including urinating in chamber pots. Another was that the joke is always on the Pakistanis; the father looks like a fool over and over again. We laugh at him and are angry at him and even understand him a little bit. But he doesn't get any sympathy and we learn nothing positive about the Pakistani culture. If I were Pakistani, I'd be angry. I did enjoy the story and the acting. But it's a bit too painful to be a comedy. And it just doesn't work as a drama. I therefore can only give it a lukewarm recommendation.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 31, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I know people who were very offended by this film's portrayal of Pakistanis and I can say from my own experience that not all mixed families have the same problems as the Khans, but I still think that East is East is an excellent movie. The story is about George Khan, a Pakistani in England who married an English woman and begins to fear that his seven children are becoming too Westernized as they grow up. Anyone who comes from a multicultural family will be able to relate to the struggles of the Khan children to reconcile their father's wishes with their lives in 1971 Manchester. The movie isn't really for children and has a brutal and violent climax, but it teaches an important lesson about being at peace with one's decisions and growing up between cultures. On top of everything,the movie has a great soundtrack, with both English and Pakistani songs from the period and touches on significant historical events such as the rise of immigrant-basher Enoch Powell and the Bangladeshi war that may not be familiar to American audiences. All in all, it's an edgy, funny movie that will leave you crying with laughter and wishing it was an hour longer. If you were a fan of Zadie Smith's novel "White Teeth", you will probably like this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on March 21, 2001
Format: DVD
"East is East" really blew me away. I rented it on a whim after hearing of its tremendous success in the UK. I was not disappointed. I strongly recommend that you rent or purchase this film.
But be forewarned: the cover box tries to pass the film off as a screwball comedy, but it's really anything but that. It does have its funny moments, but "East is East" really excels more as a drama than as a comedy. As mentioned by another reviewer, you watch the father figure George Khan slowly metamorphize from loving father into abusive tyrant. It's a painful process to watch, but it feels 100% real. The director does a great job depicting the Khan family slowly unravel and, ultimately, explode.
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