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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Hilarious! Entertaining!
East Is East is nothing less than a masterpiece!

This film is appealing to so many people for so many different reasons. I am someone who is not that keen on modern films - not least because of their violence, crudity and constant flow of unnecessary bad language; however, despite what can only be described as this film's appallingly frequent and 'filthy'...
Published on 5 Sep 2008 by FAMOUS NAME

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not entertaining
Saw this film at the cinema, where it had been billed as a comedy and really hated it. All the funny bits were in the trailer and there were precious few of those. In fact its a drama, Om Puri's children are terrified of him and the wife beating scene was harrowing. Jimi Mistry is the best thing in it, but that's not saying much.

Really, it just wasn't all that...
Published on 10 Sep 2010 by Constant Reader


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Hilarious! Entertaining!, 5 Sep 2008
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This review is from: East Is East [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
East Is East is nothing less than a masterpiece!

This film is appealing to so many people for so many different reasons. I am someone who is not that keen on modern films - not least because of their violence, crudity and constant flow of unnecessary bad language; however, despite what can only be described as this film's appallingly frequent and 'filthy' dialogue, it incredibly does not detract from what is otherwise a very sensitive and altogether 'human' story, and indeed contributes to much of the comedy and humour of the movie throughout. Anyone like myself who is old enough to have lived through 1971 will appreciate the sheer mastery at which the cast were able to recreate that particular era to utter perfection.

Unlike so many movies - including great ones, there is no 'pause' within this film where you are bored - not even for a minute whilst awaiting the next entertaining moment; each scene is superb! I've already watched this title six times to date, and will no doubt view it many, many more times to come, and still enjoy it.

Highly recommended to all - even to those who do not normally care for bad language, and the odd bit of domestic violence.

Enjoy!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars East Is East, 18 Sep 2005
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Rich Milligan (Thatcham, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: East Is East [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Set in 1971 in Salford, Manchester, East is East takes a humorous look at life for the Khan family. George Khan is the Pakistani born immigrant who came to Britain in the 30's. We learn he has left his first wife back in Pakistan and has now married an English woman in the shape of Ella. Together they run the local fish and chip shop as well as trying to bring up their large family of 6 sons and a daughter. George is desperately trying to hold on to Pakistani and Muslim traditions. We initially meet him on the wedding day of his eldest son. The poor son is petrified at the thought of the arranged marriage, and taking the first look at his bride he bolts from ceremony exclaiming that he "cannot do this". George is mortified, not caring a jot for the feelings of his son, he is only concerned of the shame that this will bring to the Khan family.
Ella, on the other hand, is struggling with trying to not to undermine her husband but at the same time trying to support her numerous off-spring, who all having been born in Britain, cannot understand why they cannot go to the local disco, study art instead of engineering or must wear a sari on Sunday.
In general the film stays light hearted and provides some incredibly funny moments ranging from slap-stick to double entendre and wit. Some of the gags could be accused of being very stereotypical; we have the Enoch Powell supporting neighbour, the lusty northern lasses who pursue the handsome Khan boys, the eldest son who runs off from his wedding turns up later managing a very camp hat shop along with partner Nigel, but there's no nastiness involved and no-one has cause to take offence.
On the other hand the film does have a darker side which is very shocking when shown alongside the humour. There's some tear-jerking poignancy and some hand to the mouth surprises which raises the film to the level above just being a laugh along comedy. The performances are solid to a man with Om Puri and Linda Bassett leading the way with some fine turns.
The one other bit of fun to have with the film is to try to name all the other series and soap opera you've now seen the various actors in on television.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant British (yes, British) comedy, 24 Aug 2002
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This review is from: East Is East [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
East is East is a brilliant film. It manages to realistically portray early 70s Salford (Manchester, UK) and the life of a British non-religious mother, a Pakistani staunch Muslim father and their seven kids, whilst indulging in one of the funniest comedies I have seen in a long time. The acting from the entire cast is superb, beautifully timed and able to capture the highs and lows and the trivial of their lives. The story is based around the clash of cultures between little England (look out for the different reactions of the Enoch Powell supporting neighbour and his grandchildren towards the Khan family: priceless!) and the unknown - and regularly misunderstood - Indian subcontinent immigrants. Without giving away too much of the story, I would recommend you just to sit back, watch and enjoy. Laugh at the genuinely funny moments (Sajid's circumcision, Salim's 'art' and Tariq being 'Tony' are my favourites) and appreciate the somewhat inevitable clashes between East and West that give the film a tenser edge, making you remember that it wasn't all Space Hoppers and groooovy music in the 70s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly dramatic comedy set in 1971 and featuring the Khan family., 12 Jun 2014
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This review is from: East Is East [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
I can't remember how many times I've watched East is East since I bought the DVD 12 years ago. Without a doubt one of my favourite films mainly because it's so real and brings 1971 back to life for those of us old enough to remember.

The Khan family are an ethnic mix of Pakistani, Muslim, father and white, no obvious faith, British mother. Between them they have seven children who have been bought up in Western society and have strayed far from their father's expectations. The family business, fish and chip shop, along with their tiny terraced house in Salford set the scene for some of their fiercest and funniest scenes. Watch out for a very young Ruth Jones!.

You can't have a family divided and not expect the two cultures to clash and when they clash, they really clash!. There's some deep, soul searching and emotion beneath the comedy. Khan is broken by the anarchy of his children and what he sees as his wife's rebellion and lack of respect. For Khan there's one solution; bullying and domestic violence. There are some strong scenes and equally strong language. Just as it appears he's gone too far something amazing happens. Khan learns a lesson about the real strength of a woman and sees how she can put his life, and that of his children, back together again.

I'm a huge fan of this film and can only recommend it at 5*.

Runs to approx. 92 minutes and on my disc the extra content is; Theatrical Trailer, Deleted Scenes, Director's Commentary, Cast and Crew Interviews, Behind the Scene Footage, TV Ads, Audio Description for the Visually Impaired.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and poignant at the same time., 7 Aug 2012
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Ms Sarah Cook "Sarah C." (Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
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Having seen West is West already (The follow on)I couldn't wait to see this DVD. I think you really have to be from Pakistan or India, or else to know the culture well to understand the heartbreaking undertones. It's hilarious, thought provoking and sad all at the same time. If you buy this you HAVE to get West is West too so you can see what eventually happens to the whole family! West Is West [DVD] (2010)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars east is east, 10 Dec 2010
This review is from: East Is East [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Having first seen the cover I thought rubbish, however, I rate this as a very funny film. The setting depicts the struggle of a white/ pakistani marriage with the children all doing their own thing. Having a strict father serve all the more in making the children rebel against their pakistan upbringing. Having been born in England it is obvious that their ways and mannerisms are going to be more of an english nature. A very funny seen is when they go to "Bradistan" Bradford, to "cement" an arranged marriage only to find that when they get there all is not as it seems, the prospective wives to be look more like Laurel and Hardy than the pretty girls that boys thought that they would be, this throws the whole of the boys family into chaos with both familys falling out much to the boys relief, safe in the knowledge that they are free to play the field for another day. If you can see all the funny sides to this film you will be garanteed aching side from laughing so much. It is a film that is well written, taken a lot of thought and is true to the attitude of the 70's children.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ******* ONE OF THE ALL TIME GREAT ********, 26 Jan 2008
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This review is from: East Is East [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Beautiful film with insight to day to day lives of British Muslim Family. This film through its humour shows lives of an British Muslims who are torn between modern values and their religion. In many ways it is more realistic than anything you ever seen before.

Buy it....., enjoy it...., laugh at it....its real...its hypocritical....its true....and funny.

As well deserved 5 starts.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad... but True, 13 Jan 2002
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This review is from: East Is East [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
An excellent insight to mixed marriages in the U.K. Extremely funny but you need to watch it several times as obviously you miss things. It's quite a sad story as its obvious the children are "born and bred" in the U.K. and want a normal English up-bringing as they themselves are "British" but the father sticks to his roots/tradition. The mother is torn between loyalty to her husband on one hand ..but on the other, she wants her children to be brought up as normal British kids AND to have a normal life. Maybe towards the end the father does realise he cannot always instill into all his children how he was brought up in the "age old" tradition of life in Pakistan e.g. arranged marriages to girls they have never seen (and in this film they are extremely ugly!) Not to be missed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a joy of a movie, 12 April 2011
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I wouldn't call this story of a mixed race family in the seventies black humour, it's too funny for that description, but amid the laughter is serious social commentary as relevant today as then. Low budget Briish brilliance at it's best. Roll on the sequel which is on stage in London at the moment. Title........'West is West of course.'
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny film but different!, 30 May 2010
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I've seen this film a few times and really enjoy it. It is also interesting to see the conflict that can arise within a mixed marriage. Well acted and good storyline.
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