Asian American ’80s
West Is West
Directed by David Rathod • 1987 • United Kingdom
Starring Ashutosh Gowariker, Heidi Carpenter, Pearl Padamsee
Handsome and broke, Vikram (played by Ashutosh Gowariker, future director of the Oscar-nominated LAGAAN: ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA) arrives from Bombay to find his college plans have fallen through. Exploring exotic San Francisco, he falls for Sue (Heidi Carpenter), a feisty, bohemian artist. With his visa running out, Vikram resorts to desperate measures to stay in the country—including a hilariously bungled burglary and an impromptu curbside wedding.
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Directed by J. T. Takagi • 1984 • United States
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