East Is East

East Is East

Damien O'Donnell (1999)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Pakistani chip shop owner George Khan tries to keep his seven unruly children under control in 1970s Salford. Revelling in the pleasures of adolescence, the flares-wearing youngsters seem determined to ignore his moral advice - but a shock is in store for two of his teenage sons when the shadow of arranged marriages threatens their freewheeling existence. Comedy drama, starring Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Jimi Mistry and Archie Panjabi.

Cast & Crew

George Khan Om Puri
Tariq Khan Jimi Mistry
Ella Khan Linda Bassett
Sajid Khan Jordan Routledge
Meenah Khan Archie Panjabi
Maneer Khan Emil Maraw
Saleem Khan Christopher Bisson
Abdul Khan Raji James
Nazir Khan Ian Aspinall
Auntie Annie Lesley Nicol
Director Damien O'Donnell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: FilmFour LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy