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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable Fim.
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West is West is the much awaited sequal to the magnificent East is East. It focuses on the youngest of the Khan family Sajid. Set a few years on from the original film, Aqib Khan slides perfectly into the role of Sajid, played brilliant by Jordan Routledge in the first film.
It is now 1976 and Sajid is struggling in school and...
Published on 18 Jun 2011 by Northerner

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3.0 out of 5 stars East is best
A good buy but didnt live up to the promise of sharp humour enjoyed in East is East - but still worth the purchase.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable Fim., 18 Jun 2011
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This is my review from LF:

West is West is the much awaited sequal to the magnificent East is East. It focuses on the youngest of the Khan family Sajid. Set a few years on from the original film, Aqib Khan slides perfectly into the role of Sajid, played brilliant by Jordan Routledge in the first film.
It is now 1976 and Sajid is struggling in school and life. Following a brief cameo by Jimi Mistry his father decides to take Sajid to Pakistan to meet up with his family. There we see Manir who has been in Pakistan for some time trying to find a wife. We are also introducted to Mrs Khan number one and her story takes a slice of the film.

But it is Sajid who is the main man and it is he who steals the film along with the surprising comedy of his new friend Zaid played by Raj Bhansali. Sajid sets out to find Manir a wife and discovers himself along the way.

Lesley Nicol and Linda Bassett resurrect their roles as Annie and the mother respectively and equally add some light comic moments. For anyone expecting to see the brilliant Archie Panjabi you will be disappointed in fact you will be generally disappointed with the film. Not that this film is bad, its just that East is East was truly magnificent so there was little chance that it could be surpassed. But for me it was set in a brilliant part of the world where brilliant people reside so I am biased. I would see it again at the cinema and I will be buying it on DVD. I would recommend that anybody who saw the first film experience this film with an open mind. Now we know the Khan family sit back and enjoy their story and allow it to take you to a different place. The film is not East is East I will grant you that. And yes. it is filled with cliches from the first magnificent film. However, Aqib Khan is brilliant as the young Sajid. In fact I think he is a promising young talent and from my neck of the woods. I wish him well.

A sigh of relief, no comedic notions about male genital mutilation in this film!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable and educational film, 23 Jun 2011
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Mr. P. Datta "Pritthijit" (Stockton on Tees, Teesside) - See all my reviews
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West is West is a witty and well-thought out follow up to East to East. It journeys to 1970's, Manchester. Britain experienced the first wave of Pakistani immigrants from the fifties to the seventies. The dysfunctional Khan's family continue to experience problems. In East to East, the focus is about the family quest for survivial and acceptance within the local community against the increasing prejudice. West to West continues to builds on the theme, but it closely ties in with heritage and family roots.Much of the scenes is in the sub-continent. It is a cleverly written screenplay, supported with quality acting and directing.

It takes a deep look at the social dynamics within the family and the problems confronted by being a mixed race family. The opening sequences nicely set the tone of the film, as we are introduced to the youngest member of the family, Sajid. We start to gain a solid understanding of the character, as he is a victim of bullying at school and the father exerts so much pressure to the sons of accepting Pakistani traditions within the family unit.

George never wants to lose touch of his beloved Pakistani roots and hopes the sons appreciate his viewpoints.. Sajid truants regular from school, due to name calling and needs to be escorted by the father. He is reluctant to accept his cultural idenitity and heritage.

The proud father decides to take the troubled son on an educational journey to the family roots. It is understandably a culture shock for Sajid as he struggles to adapt to the country. The way of life is so different. Sajid gradually starts to settle in the country and develops a special friendship with a local lad. Can this journey change the attitude?

We learn a great deal about George's background and a hidden family secret. Sajid's character steals the show, but we do observe how the elder brother feels the pressure of accepting traditions and customs. The father is eager to find a wife for the son. Arranged marriage is a traditional way of binding opposites. Will this long tradition work? The film attempts to shed light on a vast range of issues, which are delicate in nature. These issues range from race relations, heritage, traditions, multi-cultural, family, religion, marriage and sense of identity.

It joins a long line of films of exploring how Eastern values conflict with Western values. It is beautifully and charmingly depicted without being overly serious. The film provides a mixture of comedy and drama. It is a formula successfully incorporated in the film.

The characters come across as strong and engaging, as Sajid and George demonstrate. Om Puri, the veteran Indian actor fits role of a traditional father magnificently. Aqip Khan looks a promising young actor, as he plays the troubled lad Sajid to perfection.

I thoroughly enjoyed the film, as it real feel good movie and shows film making of the highest quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great!, 5 Aug 2011
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Stefan Borg (sweden, v.frolunda) - See all my reviews
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Enjoyed the troublesome "East is East". And this is a very good followup. Nice humor, serious, good actors - the life, emotions, complications and insights. Just a great movie! Thanks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny, 22 Sep 2012
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This film is very funny and as good as East to East. Recommend this film for all ages. There is a hidden message in the film which is very subtle around mixed marriages and relationships very sensitively done. Highly recommend this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No, it's not "East is East", it's "West is West", 28 Aug 2011
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If you loved the film "East is East" and wondered what happened to the Khan family and were curious to know more about 'Wife number 1' then you MUST see this movie! As I said in the title, it's not "East is East" but don't blame it for that. Just accept this film at face value and be thankful that both the wonderful writer (Ayub Khan-Din) and the original cast cared enough to give us another slice of Khan family life. Well done to all involved and... THANK YOU!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good follow-up to East is East, 20 Aug 2011
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West is West is a continuation of the well-told and hilarious story of the Khan family, several years on. Young Sajid (famed for his relentless attachment to his parkha coat) is now a 13 year old youth and, to mark his coming of age, his father, 60 year old George Khan, takes him to his native Pakistan to see George's long since abandoned first wife and family in the Punjab. George aims to teach Sajid a lesson about his cultural background and attempts to force him into a very different lifestyle, but the plot reverses when young Sajid shows that he has a greater maturity than his father had expected of him and that George himself has a great deal more to learn.
The film is well-humoured and has more than a touch of irony. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who has seen "East is East" and both films to anyone who has yet to see them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 25 July 2011
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I was not disappointed. I was expecting it to be similar to East is East but it was so different - not as funny as East is East but still an excellent film, it was really warming & heartfelt. I would definitely recommended it
Sometimes a sequel falls flat because it is too similar to the original but this was an excellent film in it's own right
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film about Love + How families bond when faced with cultural differences, 18 May 2011
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'West is West' is a story of self development that puts a smile on your face and a warm glow in your heart! It is also a great film about love and the way families bond and deal with issues when faced with cultural differences.

AS A STORY OF SELF DEVELOPMENT

'West is West' is a UK film (directed by Andy De Emmony) with the cast including Aqib Khan, Emil Marwa, Jimi Mistry, Lesley Nicol, Linda Bassett and Om Puri. In essence, the story could be looked on as the self development of a young teenage boy who is trying to figure out who he really is.

The beginning of the film is set in Salford, UK. Sajid (Aqib Khan) is a 15-year old boy whose father is from Pakistan and mother is from England. He suffers from constant bullying at school and at home. His life becomes a misery, retaliates by swearing, stealing, etc., and his relationship with his father gets worse and worse.

His father finally decides that the best way to `sort him out' is to send him to the family home in Pakistan where he can find out about his roots and heritage and learn how to behave with traditional family values.

Whilst there, Sajid meets his father's first wife and her extended family for the first time. A myriad of self development experiences follows. The appearance of an old sage who volunteers to `sort out' Sajid adds another dimension to the film.

AS A STORY OF LOVE

'West is West' is also a story about all the different types of love that exist between family members and their community. The film covers:

* families and their relationships
* the strong bonds between family members
* how families cope with problems generally
* the different forms of love in family units

There are other stories running parallel to the main one, e.g., there is Maneer (Emil Marwa) and his hunt to find a bride of his dreams. Then there is the anguish of Sajid's dad (George) when he has to confront his first wife, Basheera (Ila Arun). Not to mention the children he left in Pakistan three decades previously when he moved to the UK to marry - controversially - a non-Indian, Ella (Linda Bassett).

AS A STORY OF MULTI-CULTURAL ACCEPTANCE

This delightful film could come under the umbrella of British-Asian or Anglo-Indian cinema. It tells the story of the crises that people can have when ethnic identity becomes muddied. If you have lived in a multi-cultural society or have experienced the interaction of cultures first-hand, you will get even more enjoyment from this film.

I had the wonderful experience of seeing `West is West' in a cinema packed by an Anglo-Indian or British-Asian audience who gelled together and behaved as one entity for those 103 minutes. Everyone cheered (very vocally!) when things went well for the individual characters. We were emotional together when the sad bits occurred, and when the musical (song & dance) interludes came on, we all clapped along to the beat with great merriment.

The British-Asian relationships depicted in the film relate to UK/Pakistan, however, many of the crises and problems in the story relate very much to multi-cultural societies in the West Indies, say, and other parts of the world. It is simply a story about families coping with cultural differences. However, the way it is directed injects great humour into what happens when different cultures meet.

A film like this is good news as it helps people to:

* understand their roots
* learn from other cultures
* be aware of inter-ethnic lifestyles & marriages
* realise the value of your culture, traditions, values, beliefs, etc
* see the importance of integrating into society, wherever you live in the world

SUMMARY

The film is about the self development and self awareness of a teenager who, in being thrown into a totally different culture, becomes aware of himself as well as his heritage, his family, his relationships and his roots for the first time. It is also about a father and other family members who have to come to terms with a way of life they cannot change. This delightful film is directed in such a way that heavy topics such as cultural barriers are broken down through comedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd, 11 May 2013
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sequel to east is east so curious because i thought the first film was so funny and this one is just as good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling and not just about laughs, 26 April 2013
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However, the redeeming feature of this film was that it portrays contemporary Pakistan in a way that is sympathetic. As with "East is East..." there is plenty of humour but unlike the former, there is more of a story to be told. The son, coming to terms with a foot in two significantly different cultures and struggling to know his own identity in this. The father having to take responsibility for decisions made long ago and which threaten to unravel around him as his two wives always kept separate; one in England, one in Pakistan meet. Some of the story line is predictable, some so farfetched as to annoy. But the feel good quality is so warm you forgive the flaws which are minor. Uplifting, funny and reflective. Not a bad combination.
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