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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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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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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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This movie is Key of Keys (1965) (aka "Key of Keys") with new dialogue by Woody Allen dubbed in. See more »

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

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Phil Moscowitz: No bullets? Ah, but if all of you in the audience who believe in fairies will clap your hands, then my gun will be magically filled with bullets.
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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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Tiger Lily Serves Up A Loving Spoonful of Some REALLY Good Egg Salad
17 May 2005 | by (Biloxi, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

A woman steps into the room wearing a towel. She and her lover gaze longingly at each other. "Name three presidents!" she says.

In the wake of his early successes as a writer, Allen obtained the rights to an extra-cheesy Japanese spy thriller, threw out the entire soundtrack, then wrote and dubbed in a new script. Mix in a "what has this got to do with anything?" soundtrack by the folk-rock 60s group The Lovin' Spoonful and a few new scenes, and the result is the infamous WHAT'S UP, TIGER LILY? And it is one of the most bizarre movies you're likely to see this lifetime, a film which has attained cult-movie status of the highest order.

The movie is uneven--but that is actually part of its charm. Where else can you see big-haired 60s mamas get down like psycho killers to the innocuous music of The Lovin' Spoonful? Or tacky special effects, inept hop-and-chop fighting, and ridiculously bad cinematography reworked into the story of a bunch of spies on the track of a recipe for the world's best egg salad? And some of the lines are a hoot and a half. My own favorite: "Bring plenty of dynamite. It's a big mother!" Hardcore Allen fans, who often approach him as if he were God, will probably be embarrassed by this movie. Allen himself is pretty embarrassed: he's been trying to live it down for years. But if you have a taste for the bizarre--not to mention some good, I mean REALLY good egg salad--TIGER LILY is the movie for you. Recommended to egg salad junkies, bad hop-and-chop movie watchers, and cult-film enthusiasts everywhere.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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