East Is East (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  2 June 2000 (USA)
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In early 1970s England, a Pakistani father finds the authority he has previously maintained challenged by his increasingly Anglicized children.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Routledge ...
Meenah Khan
Emil Marwa ...
Chris Bisson ...
Ian Aspinall ...
Nazir Khan
Emma Rydal ...
Stella Moorhouse
Ben Keaton ...
Kriss Dosanjh ...
Poppa Khalid
John Bardon ...
Mr. Moorhouse


In 1971 Salford fish-and-chip shop owner George Khan expects his family to follow his strict Pakistani Muslim ways. But his children, with an English mother and having been born and brought up in Britain, increasingly see themselves as British and start to reject their father's rules on dress, food, religion, and living in general. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

2 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Kelet az Kelet  »

Box Office


£1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£435,627 (UK) (5 November 1999)


$4,170,647 (USA) (8 September 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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All of the actors portraying George's children were born in England and found it easy to relate to their character's feelings of being brought up to be British while being expected to maintain their family's cultural values and beliefs. See more »


In the first shot of the house, we see two photos hanging above a mantel. The distance between the photos increases between shots. See more »


George Khan: ...when I come this country, I have no luggage. Today what I got?
Meenah Khan: You got a chip shop. dad.
George Khan: Right. Own bloody business, see.
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Special thanks to ... and all the residents of Openshaw. See more »


Followed by West Is West (2010) See more »


Written by Gaz Coombes, Michael Quinn, Daniel Goffey & Rob Coombes (as Robert Joseph Coombes)
Used by permission of EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Supergrass
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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East is East
10 January 2008 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

„East is East" is a refreshing inventive family story. Directly the first scene where two different religions and also two opposing views of life (namely the children's and the view of their conservative father) clash together. With the funny way of telling which is typical for the whole film, nevertheless the problems are shown in their graveness. The cast represents every member of this Pakistani family as an individual but the good relations between the siblings and their mother is shown as realistic as the problematic relation between them and their incorrigible father. The viewer gets the impression of a different culture but he will recognize a lot of aspects of his own family life, too, what was aimed by the makers who brought in the personal experiences. All in all, this movie is an evening-filling enrichment for the viewer.

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