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In comic Woody Allen's film debut, he took the Japanese action film "International Secret Police: Key of Keys" and re-dubbed it, changing the plot to make it revolve around a secret egg salad recipe.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Mihashi ...
Phil Moscowitz (archive footage)
Akiko Wakabayashi ...
Suki Yaki (archive footage)
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Teri Yaki (archive footage)
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Himself (as The Lovin' Spoonful)
Tadao Nakamaru ...
Shepherd Wong (archive footage)
Susumu Kurobe ...
Wing Fat (archive footage)
Sachio Sakai ...
Hoodlum (archive footage) (as A No Star Cast)
Hideyo Amamoto ...
Cobra Man (archive footage)
Tetsu Nakamura ...
Foreign Minister (archive footage) (as A No Star Cast)
Osman Yusuf ...
Gambler (archive footage) (as A No Star Cast)
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Himself / Dub Voice / Projectionist
Zal Yanovsky ...
Himself (as The Lovin' Spoonful)
Joe Butler ...
Himself (as The Lovin' Spoonful)
Steve Boone ...
Himself (as The Lovin' Spoonful)
Frank Buxton ...
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So you want Plot? Woody Allen bought a Japanese spy movie, removed the voice track, and replaced it with one of his own. He doesn't seem to have bothered with the original script at all. Typical Joke: "Back off! My secret spy camera has taken pictures of you all through your clothes. Unless you release me, your naked photos will be sold in every school yard in Tokyo within the hour. Unless you are totally comfortable with your body, you must release me." Very funny, but also very unusual. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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2 November 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lily la tigresse  »

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Trivia

The two Japanese spy girls in the movie - Akiko Wakabayashi and Mie Hama - also appear together in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967). See more »

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When the Port of Yokohama is shown, the captions call it "Yokahama". See more »

Quotes

Woody Allen: They wanted in Hollywood to make the definitive spy picture. And they came to me to supervise the project, you know, because I think that, if you know me at all, you know that death is my bread and danger my butter - oh, no, danger's my bread, and death is my butter. No, no, wait. Danger's my bread, death - no, death is - no, I'm sorry. Death is my - death and danger are my various breads and various butters.
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Crazy Credits

Woody Allen is laying on a couch eating an apple while a woman stripper is taking her black dress and undergarments off in front of him. Meanwhile the end credits scroll up on the right side of the screen. The credits say: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental. And if you have been reading this instead of looking at the girl, then see your psychiatrist, or go to a good eye doctor (the credits now scroll faster and give and eye test): E 1 FP 2 TOZ 3 LPED 4 PECFD 5 EDFCZP 6 FELOPZD 7 DEFPOTEC 8 LEFODPCT 9 FSFPTFED 10 ????????? 11 By this time, the stripper is about to remove her underwear. Woody stops her and says, "I promised I'd put her in the film somewhere." (only his voice is dubbed) THE END (appears in the lower left) See more »

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11 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have noticed several posts here about how people had seen this movie years ago and thought it was hysterical, but then have recently seen it on TV and wondered why they thought so back then. The answer is that you are probably watching a different version.

Although I am sure someone more in tune with the background of this movie can explain it in more precise and detailed terms, the version being shown on networks like TCM has been re-written, re-dubbed and is a lot less funny than the original. I have a copy from a 1982 video tape and that original version is great. I saw the TCM broadcast version and couldn't believe how badly the jokes were changed and how unfunny this film now is, most likely in the name of political correctness. I can certainly understand anyone being dissatisfied with the film as it is now. However, if you can, find an old video of this classic and watch it the way it was meant to be seen.


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