The movie East is East is a award-winning British comedy released in 1999. The movie is directed by Damien O`Donnell and the scrip is written by Ayub Khan-Din, who also wrote the the play by the same name, which the movie is based on. Actor and actresses taking part in the movie are among others Om Puri, as George Khan, Linda Bassett, as Ella Khan, Jimi Mistry, as Tariq Khan, and Jordan Routledge, as Sajid Khan.
The movie adresses cultural differences, circumcision, the urge to find our own unique identity in a society with a lot of influence from people around us, arranged marriages and family relationships.
The movie is sat to a half-pakistani household, with a british mother, Ella, and a pakistani father, George, in Salford near Manchester in 1971. George expects his children to respect him and to follow in his strict Pakistani ways of life, but they don`t share his opinions, and some of them refuce to behave as he tells them to while others do, at least in the beginning. This, as you probably can imagine, causes a lot of conflict within the familiy.